When time is of the essence, it's good to know that there are lifehacks for everything - even for completing your Ph.D. ScholarShape Blog recently published a list of 101 Tips for Finishing Your Ph.D. Quickly. Some favorites include:
- Find an efficient note-taking system, like Evernote.
- Choose an advisor who has a reputation for being helpful.
- Try a standing desk.
- Don't reinvent the wheel. Borrow, swap, and search online for already-created materials (like lesson plans).
- If you have a child, get help. (Not that kind of help. The childcare kind of help.) Check out these GradPost articles about student parent resources and funding for childcare.
- During work time, block distracting websites using apps such as FocalFilter.
- Integrate your social media use into your work. Use these platforms to publicize your work as well as get feedback about your research.
- If you’re attending grad school in an exciting city, pretend you’re instead living in Waco, Texas. (This one hits a little too close to home, as I also attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas. However, it is true that I finished a masters degree in two years while working nearly full-time when I lived in Waco.)
- Honor the connection between writing and thinking.
- Look forward to, and plan for, the job you’ll have after grad school.
For the complete list, click here.