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The PhD-Doctor: Planning and Time Management
Writing a dissertation is such a daunting task that many PhD students do not dare to really face up to it and instead keep pushing the work further ahead of them. At the start of your project it seems as if there is an infinite amount of time to get the work done, but after a year and a half most of you will be confronted with a nagging nervousness having discovered that so much still needs to be done in so little time. In this contribution I will provide some tools that will help you to get your dissertation finished in a timely manner.
Managing PhD Projects
“Among physicists ‘manager’ is not the most popular word, albeit that all group leaders are in fact managers. Why this is the case may be more than a blog post on itself, and I do not intend to write that post. Having quite some manager friends, for example in civil engineering or management consulting, I think there is a lot we can learn from them.”
Procrastination can be particularly deceptive because the distracting tasks are often useful and necessary, but are not the most pressing tasks at hand. For example, a graduate student who works as a college instructor may find the urge to revise a syllabus just as a stack of final exams arrive to grade. Research psychologists estimate that at least 80% and as many as 95% of students procrastinate on at least some academic tasks.
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