Download as PDF This is (essentially) James Clear’s take on building habits. And I’ll try to put context into it in terms of reading – for learning or leisure.
Should I Do a PhD Thesis by Publication?
Download as PDF I did a traditional thesis. But I have since coached/helped many PhD students do both thesis by publication and traditional. My advice – Do it! For most (Australian) universities this is so much better. But there are some things to note (good and bad):
What’s the Easiest PhD?
Download as PDF This question really doesn’t have a straight answer. PhDs are not easy. They are not intended or designed to be easy. But there are probably things you can do to make the whole process easier.
How to Fall in Love with Your PhD
There’s a difference between, “it is hard”, and “it is killing me”. So much of what people tell you when you sign up to do a PhD – from within and without academia – is that “you’ll hate it”. Or “you won’t enjoy it”. Or “PhDs are meant to suck”.
How I Build My Endurance Muscle
I’ve long held the belief that a PhD is the longest continuous single project one person will work on in their life. When combined with your undergraduate degree it is longer than primary school, or high school – with no term breaks. And few an (unlucky) few of you, your PhD will be/is longer than […]
How I Apply the Run-Walk-Run Strategy to Work
I’m in my fourth decade of life. Beyond the impact of COVID, things that were easy in my 20s and 30s are now getting difficult. One such thing has been running.
How Running Builds My Resilience at Work
From a mental health perspective, the last 5 years have been some of the worst of my life. I’ve tried lots of things to make improvements, including diet, exercise, counselling, therapy, and medication. They’ve all had some kind of positive impact.
Planning Your (Ideal) PhD
Download as PDF Increasingly, PhDs are planned, and project managed. Certainly in Australia anyway. So, what is the ideal PhD plan? I’m not entirely sure, but here is my stab at it.
Metrics for Measuring Research Outputs
The last few blogs have focused on measuring your success, and then reporting your success. Here, I’m looking at some measures and why you might want to focus on them.
Reporting Your Success
Previously I wrote about measuring your success. And the next obvious step after measuring is to report (or at the very least note down or record). Hopefully, you have spent a little bit of time – not heaps, but not none – investigating what success means to you, and how you can measure it.