Day 25: A PhD time management tip


(watch on YouTube)

 

60/60: 60 short videos for PhD students in 60 days
see also:
day 21: decision fatigue
day 23: decision fatigue and writing

 

Time management is obviously very important in a PhD, but when it goes wrong, your plan can become a burden rather than a tool that helps you. There are aspects to effective planning.

One I think is worth factoring in is the decision fatigue I’ve talked about in previous videos

Try to balance tiring, decision-heavy work with easier, routine tasks to ease exhaustion and maintain momentum!

Day 23: Decision fatigue and writing

Watch “Day 21: Decision Fatigue”
60/60: 60 short videos for PhD students in 60 days

A few days ago, I talked about decision fatigue; when you have to make a lot of decisions it’s tiring, and the more tired you get the harder it is to make good decisions and the easier it is to slip into bad habits.

Writing is all about decision making because there are countless ways to express and arrange your ideas. A lot of people avoid making decisions and just write, but this means you have to do all the decision making at the end when you’re under the most pressure…

Day 21: Decision fatigue

See all the videos in this series here
Day 23: Decision fatigue and academic writing

When recording these videos, I’m not following much of a plan. I’m just giving whatever tips come to mind on a day by day basis.

This gives me a lot of flexibility, but it also means I have to constantly make decisions about what to do. This can be tiring and can lead to decision fatigue.

This decision fatigue not only makes it harder to make decisions but also to avoid easy, habitual bad choices…