The best way to be a successful academic
Want to know what the best way is to finish your thesis successfully and on time?
You know you are intelligent, otherwise you wouldn’t have been accepted as a PhD-student. But why is life as a PhD student so difficult every once in a while? How come you are sometimes overwhelmed, discouraged, unhappy? You started out so inspired and motivated, wanting to be the best in your field. How come other feelings creep in? How come it is so difficult to find the time to be busy with your PhD next to your job?
Your PhD is probably the biggest project that you have ever undertaken, and it has its own challenges. Doing your PhD is great, but it asks for skills you only acquire on the way. There are many obstacles, and if you want to be a successful PhD student, you need to learn to overcome these obstacles. You need to know what the best way is to be successful PhD student.
- experience stress?
- doubt how to work with the enormous amount of literature?
- have difficulty making a planning or difficulty sticking to it?
- have problems with deadlines and don’t know how to solve them?
- have physical complaints, like rsi, headaches, not sleeping so well?
- feel that the meetings you have with your supervisor could be more effective?
- think your colleagues are your competitors?
- feel like ‘it is never finished’?
- can’t carve out time for relaxation?
- have the idea that you are just thrown into the ocean without knowing how to swim?
- feel overwhelmed by everything that is expected from you?
- have difficulty saying ‘no’, because everything seems important?
- have problems with your writing?
- don’t know how to handle the reviews of your article?
You are not the only one!
Being a PhD student is a learning process in itself and it often is a struggle. But a lot of PhD students struggle whilst it is not necessary. They don’t realise that the whole process of finishing this big project asks for specific skills.
It is important to see that a PhD is about much more than your subject. You need a lot of different skills to make sure the whole process goes as smooth as possible. If you learn those skills, you can focus on the subject and make sure you finish your PhD successfully and on time. And sometimes small changes may produce big effects over time.