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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(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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Mathematica , Colab or LaTeX for exam summarys? [closed]

I had the idea to write a summary for some subjects this semester. Most of the time I used Onenote for my general notes in the lecture. The question is which editor is best for a summary? Currently I ...
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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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Track conference deadlines [closed]

Say I have a list of conferences I'm interested in. How can I track the submission deadlines in a single platform? I'm aware of wikicfp, but there you need to track individual events. If you are ...
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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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Should I write more books as a grad student, or focus more on studies/research? [closed]

I started a blog that attracted the attention of publishers and they began offering me contracts to create video courses for them. I signed on with the first legitimate publisher to contact me last ...
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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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Can I learn the course material for the first time while I'm teaching it?

If I'm going to give students the course X in next semester. Should I have full understanding of the subject before I teach them or can I learn about the topics before I go to the class and then teach ...
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How to stay motivated when working on projects by yourself?

My advisor told me that I needed to be an independent researcher, so I came up with a project by myself. But I don't really work on it because there are no deadlines and no one else is involved with ...
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Slow dissertation advisor: should I complain?

My doctoral advisor has regularly taken 3-4 weeks to respond to each round of my revisions on my doctoral dissertation draft. Because of her lengthy response delays, I defended very late in the ...
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Progress tracking tool for managing PhD students

I am looking for good options for tools to manage my PhD students, in terms of seeing that they are on track in working out their PhD theses (I am in the UK, three year system) and are hitting their ...
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How to allocate my time for two subjects?

I am working at my undergraduate university as a research assistant with my supervisor. Our group's research interest is in security and web, so we do projects about middlebox, encrypted searchable ...
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Strategies to avoid burn out due to systemic lack of time

When I was an undergrad student I used to procrastinate a lot. I managed to get things done in the nick of time by staying up all night before exams, and so on. Not very different from what Tim Urban ...
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Is it possible to write a masters thesis in 10 days? [closed]

Was it ever possible for anyone to finish writing a master thesis in 10 days? I've been struggling for a long time now to focus on my writing due to several personal problems and I'm running close to ...
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I forgot to deliver tutorials

I feel like I have made a massive mistake of my career. I do tutorials for three subjects and although we are almost end of the first trimester but one of the module just started last week and I ...
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Submitted Assignment Late - Wrong to ask for in-depth analysis?

So I've just submitted my first late assignment, and another one on the books. I feel absolutely terrible about it, but my time-management has been less than poor lately. I really enjoy learning ...
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Is a routine life achievable? [closed]

I want to have a routine life habit: having lunch at lunchtime, having dinner at dinnertime, going to sleep at 10pm, etc. After all, a healthy brain is in a health body. Moreover, while I can ...
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I gave up on a PhD because of time management, shall I try a second time?

Background A year ago I gave up on my (first attempt at getting a) PhD because I could not stand the needed time management. I am a mosaic autist but I do live with it without major issues. My only ...
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How do I minimize the number of “unknown unknowns”?

There's a famous quote from a former US government official regarding the things we know, the things we know we don't know, and things we don't know we don't know. Likewise, there are many colorful ...
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Is there a setting to prevent Google Scholar from only showing the best matching result?

Often, when searching Google Scholar, I get a single result with a bit of text "Showing the best result for this search. See all results" and I have to click on that hyperlink at the end to actually ...
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How best to use “downtime” during undergraduate research

Due to the nature of my research, I find myself waiting many hours for my computer program to finish running in order to find more bugs in my code so that I can debug. I generally have a pretty good ...
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Should a professor require students to attend classes well past their listed times?

I'm currently in an undergraduate class that is focused on doing group presentations. This class has a total of around 80 students, in groups of 4. Every two to three weeks we are required to present ...
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Should I apologize to my coauthors for being slow to finish a paper draft?

I am first author on a paper about my research from last summer. Due to a busy school year and a bout of severe depression, I have taken FAR longer to finish this paper than originally planned. ...
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How do I politely and tactfully tell my advisor that I would like more consistency in meetings?

I am a PhD student. My advisor is great, but like all academics is very busy (administrative duties, other students, research...). What happens almost every time I try to have a meeting, since the ...
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Why don't colleges make terms shorter and with fewer classes?

Instead of the typical 4 classes every 10 weeks, why not 2 classes every 5 weeks? Condensed courses usually means: Taking less courses at the same time which makes compartmentalization for ...
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Ways to Improve Grading Speed of Papers

I have the privilege of teaching composition. This requires me to read several dozen papers in a given class. I have rubrics but no matter what I have to sit down and read the papers word for word in ...
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How to be efficient with large blocks of time?

I'm currently a graduate student in engineering (working toward my Master's). Over the summer semester I'm taking three classes in addition to researching at my adviser's lab. The lab is located off-...