How many hours should you spend on the clock, and when should you spend them?

When you start a PhD, you’ll often hear that your research should be treated like a 9 to 5 job. If you’re like me, this will probably cause you to panic and question what on earth you’re doing – don’t a lot of us start PhDs because we secretly didn’t want a 9-5 job?! I … Continue reading How many hours should you spend on the clock, and when should you spend them?

When Enough Is Enough: Meeting goals and staying motivated in your PhD

I’ve often found myself in the library late at night, feeling unproductive and guilty about leaving. I often will have gotten a late start and done a fair bit of procrastinating. Even if I’ve gotten quite a bit done, it never feels quite like enough. It leaves me feeling like the day has been wasted … Continue reading When Enough Is Enough: Meeting goals and staying motivated in your PhD

Feeling Overwhelmed: 5 ways to manage yourself better

I’ve mentioned more than once how overwhelmed I feel by my PhD at times. There are publications, conference papers, grants, and public engagement pieces to write alongside your thesis, all to fulfil the undefined and amorphous goal of ‘employability’. Not to mention all those other logistical and bureaucratic tasks that need doing as well as … Continue reading Feeling Overwhelmed: 5 ways to manage yourself better