Questions tagged [time-management]

Concerning the use of available working time to accomplish the greatest possible amount of work by improving efficiency, minimizing wasted time or procrastination, etc.

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How to manage end stage of thesis

I have a few months to go in my MASc program in Aerospace Engineering. I'm not tight for time or anything, but I'm curious if anyone has tips on how to manage results. My research is highly algorithm-...
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How to get tuned into a subject faster during exams?

We have 3 days gaps during exams. It takes me about two days to get tuned into a subject, i.e ., to get into the state of flow. I get tuned to studying around the middle of the second day. Is there ...
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How can I work with PhD supervisor/colleagues who insist on using their own timeline?

I'm a PhD-student in (hopefully) my final year of my thesis, but there are still some open tasks before handing in. Since funding has already run out some time ago, I am trying to wrap up everything ...
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Dealing with the inevitable presence of mistakes in paper submissions

When writing a paper, there are inevitably mistakes. Many of these can be caught by careful revision, and the more time spend revising, the more mistakes which will be caught. However, clearly a draft ...
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Advice on Scheduling/Time Management for Part-Time PhD

So, I'm embarking on a part-time PhD. I'm doing it part-time primarily because I have a very well paying job that I enjoy and don't want to give up. Those are tough to come by in this day and age ...
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Do semester, weekly, and daily planners work for undergrad or grad students? [closed]

I always feel like I’m pressed for time but don’t get as much done as others around me. I’m busy all day, but then I need to pull an “all-nighter” to finish something I couldn’t complete during the ...
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Is that normal for the PI to track their student in social media and even through the work?

Long story short, I am writing this on behalf of friend of mine for a different perspective. His supervisor is tracking them in each step, e.g. track the time on a Google Sheets when my friend worked ...
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Maximizing Output [closed]

What are your methods in maximizing research output? I, a junior researcher without teaching duties at the moment, have been trying to work more and more hours, pushing leisure closer and closer to ...
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Program to manage research

I'm searching for a PC program, that syncs to the cloud (to Dropbox?), that will allow me comfortable management of PhD research, kind of a digital lab book. That includes - Comfortably adding daily/...
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How to deal with a mentor asking for sudden tasks

Consider the following conversation: Mentor: What is your progress? Me: blah.... blah... blah... Mentor: Okay. Me: What about other tasks (if any)? Mentor: Do not worry about them, I can handle, if ...
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Should I retake a course for an easy A or focus on research?

I’m an incoming PhD student deciding on courses to take. A normal course load is 3. There aren’t many being offered this semester, the only third option is a course I took as a MS student last ...
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Switching labs, need advice on how to communicate with old PI regarding project

I’m currently a master’s student (rising second year) wanting to applying for PhD, in the US. I completely switched field with the M.S. program so when I chose a lab, it was not an entirely educated ...
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Finding time for the associate editor job – should one ask institute's management?

An early career researcher (ECR) is asked to become an associate editor for a reputable classical journal. Of course, no renumeration is offered. Based on the experience of other ECRs in a similar ...
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Managing council work while working full-time as a PhD student

I want to know what are the few planning and management ways that one can use while being a full-time doctoral student (research, collaboration meetings, some coursework and teaching) and also holding ...
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Is it common to allow professional compulsory activities over personal activities?

Professional compulsory activities I am referring here falls into the following two classes: The activities that need to be done very quickly. Activities given by supervisor to participate in a ...
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Took too long to complete thesis - confidence buried six feet under. How to explain this to employers?

Question: How to explain to potential employers why it took so long to complete my master's degree without partially blaming my thesis supervisor? I just completed my master's degree in North ...
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How to efficiently work on multiple machine learning and data science-related projects? [closed]

I am working on multiple projects on Machine Learning and Data Science. Is there any systematic way to work/manage projects to maximize efficiency in terms of getting things done while maintaining a ...
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How to determine if I'm just incompetent, or if my work is more difficult than expected? [duplicate]

I'm a PhD student in my (planned) last year, with no journal publications until now (one rejection, though, due to not having the level of research the journal aims for). Several things which were ...
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What are effective ways to deal with burn-out while working full-time during a PhD program?

I'm a second-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science and I feel extremely burned-out because: I work fulltime as a software engineer I work for financial reasons because TAship pay is negligible or ...
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Should phd candidates spend time on extra-curricular?

Suppose an engineering PhD candidate in the USA is trying to pursue an academic profession (e.g. Assistant Professorship in a Research Institute), is it even worth-while to commit to extra-curricular ...
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Are delays and 'being stuck' normal in PhDs, and how much should I work to compensate?

I'm doing a PhD in Computer Science in France (completed 10 months out of 3 years), and I am annoyed at how slow I am to produce results. Long story short, I have explored various potential ...
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How to not lose focus after each disruption in flow

I have observed that whenever I'm studying something, or solving an assignment, whenever I would hit a question which I am unable to solve or is taking too long for me to do, my mind wanders away from ...
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How do you manage to study and have a balance in your life at the same time? [closed]

Over the last couple of years, math and programming have become a big part of my life; I know I’ll pursue a career involving CS and math (most probably machine learning) and usually, my days revolve ...
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(UK, mathematics) Making the most of a teaching job as an aspiring researcher

I finished my PhD a few years ago, and since then have been hopping from temporary job to temporary job every year. They've all been research-and-teaching jobs, which has been exactly what I wanted. I ...
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Not independent enough for a PhD?

I am a second year mathematics PhD student (Austria) in computational geometry, although I have obtained my Master's in algebra. However, I have the impression that I must have done my stuff severely ...
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Effective ways of organising one's time during a sabbatical

I am about to take a sabbatical period of 6 months. I have planned it with a series of short visits to oversea colleagues (my department does not provide a lot of financial support), but most of my ...
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How to approach supervisor about running a start-up along side PhD?

I have had a good opportunity to begin a start-up that would be providing SaaS to Universities. The start up is not related to my PhD topic, other than it also relies on my programming skills. As it ...
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How to tactfully "decommit" from projects?

As a young academic recently flown from the nest, I am starting to figure out my own research interests. I now feel like I have too many, though. During a postdoc where I struggled to fit in and ...
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Pre-tenure strategies to spend less time on bureaucracy, and more on research

In the past year, as faculty, I have spent 33% of my time on paperwork and bureaucratic activities. This does not include service (committees,department meetings, etc), and is after hiring a full time ...
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What is the expected time commitment for a part time Research Master's Program?

Let's say I get accepted to a Master's Degree Program in Applied Mathematics with a Research Thesis component. If I take 1 class a semester for 6 years and work on my thesis each semester, what could ...
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How to regain lost focus? [closed]

I seem to have lost the focus that I once used to have. Few years back I was able to study for 4 hours straight but now its hardly possible for me to focus for 15 minutes. Any advice on how to regain ...
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Applying for postdocs / lectureships - sorting bad advice from good (UK, mathematics) [closed]

Long story short: I got my PhD a few years ago, and am currently in a temporary job. Anticipating future job applications, I found myself an experienced, senior local mentor. My time in this job is ...
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management in academia

I want to explain the particular situation in my university, and advice for how should I act (or at least how my mental status should be). Traditionally, the management positions in my university (...
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How can I manage the time of my research project under uncertainty?

I don't know if this is the right place (or the right tags) to ask this question or not so please tell me. I am doing a research project related to computer science in my university. This is my ...
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Tests: at the beginning or the end of class?

I'm teaching a 1st year math course. I have to give a one-hour test about the content of the past three weeks during one of my two-hours sessions. Usually I give such tests at the end (i.e. during ...
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Recommended depth of mathematics for PhD in machine learning [closed]

I am planning to do my PhD in machine learning. From my personal experience, I found that mathematics is a primary way to make a good research, but I'm doubting about the depth of mathematics required....
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How can you read an excessive number of pages in a short amount of time? [closed]

I'm taking 3 online classes. Each has a book I have to read. Each chapter is around 100 pages long in all of them, and I have a week to read them. I'm not able to do some of my assignments, because I'...
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Do you have any paper academic calendars or planners to recommend? [closed]

I wanted to ask if you have any specific paper calendars or planners which cover an academic year (October - September) and which you can recommend for PhD students? Thanks a lot!
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Are there statistics for the share of work which is put into planning, performing, analyzing and documenting of an experiment? [closed]

I was wondering if there are statistics of the ratio of effort (or time) for the different steps in experimental research? Given that all the work which needs to be done to start (literature review, ...
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What to do with dead times during your PhD?

I am about to finish a phd in economics (couple of years left). I am in good shape: I have a nice on going solo authored paper I have a co-authored paper submitted to a journal and waiting feedback ...
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Sane document filing and multi-project workflow system [closed]

As a research assistant, I need a better document filing and workflow system that can solve my current problems. Preface I mainly encounter these kinds of documents in my day-to-day work: papers I ...
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Reducing mistakes while applying

While submitting applications for tenure-track academic positions, I encounter myself making mistakes. Such mistakes are, e.g.: submitting in the wrong format (one PDF file is asked, and I'm ...
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How do I handle my teammate who does his task related with project very late just before the deadline?

Scenario I am in college and in group projects. We have to work together with other team members to architect the design and dividing the tasks. Once the tasks are assigned to each person and when it’...
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time management for applications: apply more or apply better?

I am a postdoc applying for tenure-track assistant professorship positions. I am writing one application per day and have less time that positions to apply for: some job offers expire before I am able ...
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Delayed meetings for research project

I just enrolled in my master's program and was fortunate enough to get into a lab. After discussing research interest, I was offered to work on a project in collaboration with another lab. The first ...
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How do STEM professors become so hyper-efficient with their research?

When I compare myself to my advisor, I don’t compare our level of expertise, as I don’t think that’s so meaningful; he’s obviously years ahead of me in the field, and so any time I talk about research ...
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my article has been evaluated since 17 months. what do you think about this situation? [duplicate]

I submitted my article to a journal on 12.01.2016. I asked many times about status of my paper. I have not received a reply from the editor even though my article has been evaluated since 17 months. ...
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What's the best way to progress and prioritise my reading?

I'm having trouble keeping on top of my reading and am looking for advice on a day-to-day strategy. My diet is as follows: Papers for current research, teaching and exploration. I have a large ...
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How do academics with teaching responsibilities, etc. find the time to do research?

How do academics manage to do research when they are lecturing and running courses, helping students, writing up assignments and tests, marking assignments and tests, supervising graduate students, ...
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Should I sleep less to achieve my thesis targets?

I am doing my Masters (thesis-based) in Computer Engineering in Canada. I started my research in September 2015 and it is now the end of April in 2017 but I haven't done ANY significant research. It ...
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