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Want to be more confident? Be an idiot

Would you like to be more confident? Be an idiot!

But why don’t you dare to do that? It is not that difficult? That’s your opinion but you never had to do it. You don’t really want to discuss with your supervisor that you don’t know how to proceed. Just try it yourself a couple more times, because it can’t be that hard? Don’t start…

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An important step towards streamlining your PhD

An important step towards streamlining your PhD

The last couple of weeks I had lots of talks with PhD students. The thing that struck me the most was that PhD students don’t talk. Yes, they talk to me, because I am an outsider and not too scary and I know so much about the process of getting your PhD. After talking to…

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Why sleeping is more important than working

Why sleep is more important than work (especially for PhD students)

‘Are you kidding? I don’t need more than 5 hours sleep max per night and I feel great in the mornings!’ That is what you might think. But I can tell you that you are completely wrong. It is probably far more important to sleep enough than to work. Why? Have a look at this…

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Why time management is nonsense for PhD students

Why time management is nonsense for PhD students

Maybe you have done one of these courses, a time management course. One that is supposed to show you how to plan your time efficiently so you will go home all happy and relaxed at the end of the day. If it works for you; great: stop reading. In case it doesn’t work; read on.…

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Shall I or shall I not....(finish my thesis for example)

Shall I or shall I not…..(finish my thesis for example)

Shall I move or not? Should I end this relationship, shall I end my studies? So many questions that could bother you. And you know you won’t find an easy answer. Because everything has its cons and pros and one day you think this way and the other day that way. Of course once you…

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You are ready when you’re ready – what needs to happen prior to your doctorate

You are ready when you’re ready – what needs to be done prior to your doctorate

Shoot You thought you had done everything but you forgot to get the bin out! What to do when you think you have finished everything? This works the same for your thesis. You are sure you have finished it – read you have submitted your last manuscript to your supervisors – however there is still…

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How to improve your speed at reading academic articles

How to improve your speed at reading academic articles?

Adding up all the hours I can only conclude that I wasted a lot of time, really unnecessarily.  And it is so simple: make sure you have a fixed spot for your keys (and telephone and other things you might need leaving the house) and you never have to search again. Therefor my keys and…

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How to write your academic texts faster and better

How to write your academic texts faster and better

I am really jealous of people who can breast crawl. They can swim much faster and with less effort than I can. I can only swim using the breast stroke. As a child I was very allergic for chlorine so I couldn’t join any swimming lessons. I never learned how to swim more elegantly. Many…

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What do you do with your 10 x 10?

What do you do with your 10 x 10?

‘Which bite of food would you leave last on your plate?’ a friend asked me a while ago when we were having a drink. ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Well, some people just finish off their plates without thinking about an order what to eat first. Other people make sure that every bit of food they…

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Why does time tracking work

Why does time tracking work?

I was walking down the street last week and I noticed a man who was engrossed in his mobile phone. A minute later I saw him tumbling into some bushes. It made me laugh but the man wasn’t too amused. Every PhD student will encounter obstacles. Big ones and small ones. One of the bigger…

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