November 11, 2010

5 ways to detox your desk (and mind)

Recently I grabbed a book from the RMIT library called “Detox your desk: declutter your life and mind” by Theo Theobald and Cary Cooper. Have a look at this picture and you’ll see why: This is my at home desk – not my at work desk (which is in such embarrassing condition I am notcontinue reading.

October 28, 2010

Parenting through a PhD (or 5 ways not to go completely insane)

PhD students are an interesting cohort. At our university the average age of a PhD student is 36, which means you can safely bet that most students have some family responsibilities – either to a spouse, elderly parents, animals or children. Parenting is challenging for PhD students because, in addition to the caring work thatcontinue reading.

October 26, 2010

The loneliness of the long distance thesis writer

A friend of mine tells the story of her first day as a PhD student with equal parts amusement and horror. One day she had a busy life as an academic, working with a wide range of students and colleagues, the next she was a PhD student who just had to hand in a thesiscontinue reading.

October 18, 2010

A visit from the Procrastination Fairy

The procrastination fairy has sprinkled you with her can’t be bothered dust – what to do?

October 13, 2010

5 ways to know you have the right thesis topic

The incredible hulk complex – too much thesis, too little shirt. Here’s some ways to tell when your topic is not too green and muscly for comfort

October 12, 2010

So you want to get some money to do research…

Want to write a winning grant application? The Whisperer rethinks the problem in a non listy kind of way.

October 7, 2010

Top five ways to avoid death by email

Addicted to email? You need a system darling.

October 5, 2010

Ambivalence – can it help you with your PhD?

The post where I get conflicted about ambivalence.

August 31, 2010

Social media and your PhD

A blog can be an archive of reflections about what it means to do a PhD. It can be a placeholder for the vignettes that build to become arguments in the thesis and, unlike a personal journal, the thoughts and arguments are open for scrutiny and feedback.

August 9, 2010

PhD rage

This is a picture of one of the rather nice glass doors in my apartment. If you look closely you will notice there’s a big crack in it, right next to the handle. I blame this crack on Chapter five of my PhD. To this day I don’t know how it happened, but I managedcontinue reading.

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