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PhD coaching

I attended a PhD coaching workshop with Will Medd last week as another excuse to distract myself from writing my thesis on the one hand, but also to learn a bit more about techniques that are likely to help me in the long run, on the other hand. The day turned out to be highly motivating […]

Initial stages of data analysis: Deep down in the pond of data

Doing a PhD is not easy, but it’s fun. And it’s all the small chats in the common room or the corridor that make us convinced that despite being buried somewhere in the piles of reading, data, writing, you name it, we are still on the right track. This post is the result of one […]

Feeling a bit stuck with your writing?

I certainly feel stuck with my academic writing every once in a while. Who doesn’t? I also feel stuck with any other writing – applications forms, difficult emails, reports, you name it. We have all been there… However, yesterday I heard of an interesting trick to unblock. I felt I was going in circles in my […]

Recap on To Do lists and setting SMART goals

As a PhD student half way through the hustle and bustle of postgraduate matters, I can tell I have been through a steep learning curve. I have been constantly exploring and shifting my working habits to find a better way of dealing with the reading, writing and researching demands. Read on to find out about the way I work that To Do list now…

Survival guide for the first week of #AcWriMo

It has been 9 days since I embarked on the academic writing challenge known as #acwrimo. I have been writing all workdays and duly publishing my progress on the spreadsheet. Today though is the first day when I can’t possibly bring myself to work on my #acrwimo goals. I know why that is… Firstly, writing is a […]

Pros and cons of being (overly) critical

I promised to write today, yesterday I promised a blog post and I even gave out a hint about the topic – being critical. Now I am not so sure I feel like writing about this but on the other hand keeping that promise will be a good self-discipline exercise. So I will briefly reflect […]

Crazy months behind my back or how not to write a book chapter…

For the past few months I have been working on a paper for an edited book and now that the final version has been edited and submitted for publication, I feel that I can finally talk about it. Reflecting on past experiences is always nice, it makes my mistakes more visible and is supposed to […]

Academic posters: my very first experience

I might be rushing into this, but I am just extremely eager to share my experiences of creating a poster right now until they are fresh and accompanied with a mild headache. I did spend the last 2 weeks thinking about my poster for the Agency Conference taking place in Cambridge in June. However, the […]

Lesson learnt: Avoid clutter on desk

I have spent the last hour trying to finally organise my desk and sort out all the flying papers and notes and I am not done yet. I started with the thought that it will take no more than half an hour. Did I underestimate my mess-making capabilities? I meant to work really hard today […]

Starting a Doctorate (Revisited)

I was clearing my laptop document store yesterday and I found something very interesting there. Considering that I am the kind of person who clings on every little thing and thinks it through over and over, I am honestly surprised how quickly I can forget and move on sometimes, especially when the events have been […]