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PhD Time Management

I'm doing too much! Or am I?For most people, during a PhD there will be dozens of times that you find yourself questioning why you are working so late or why you have such little spare time. And for me it is no different. Having said that, though, I do find myself fitting in an awful lot of things other than PhD work. For example, I often manage to play football 4 or 5 times a week and for the last few months have hardly done a single minute of PhD work during weekends. This is all very pleasing to realise once in a while but ideally I need to be reminded of this every day: PhD life may be hectic, stressful and very time-consuming, but that is primarily because there are so many other things going on and it is those things that fill up my time.

Therefore, I have decided to remind myself of this fact every day by taking, literally, 2 minutes to write down 10 things that I did that day that weren't directly related to PhD work. Of this list of 10 things, 5 must be things that I enjoyed doing and 5 can be anything else (i.e. cleaning the kitchen!) Once a week I will then look back on the lists from each day and type them into a weekly blog post. I'm hoping that this will not only remind me that my PhD doesn't rule my life, but that I will be able to end each week by remembering the fun that I had. In true Andy Robertson style I will, of course, make a spreadsheet to tabulate these activities and observe which come up most often - with the intention to force myself to do things outside my comfort zone as much as possible.

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