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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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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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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How to be efficient as a graduate student juggling classes, TA and research?

I am a first year PhD student, and it's the fourth week of school. I am taking two classes, doing one grad class TA and doing a lab rotation. I am in Electrical Engineering (Controls and DSP). I ...
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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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Time employed for writing

I am looking for any indication of how long should it take to write, let's say, a paragraph, for a non-native English speaker (with a good knowledge of English). I know that for the writing process of ...
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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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How to avoid thinking about research in free time?

I work on research, trying to get grants and publish papers and the like, I really like my job, could not think about doing anything else. When the weekend comes, or just free time I have the problem ...
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Use cases of org-mode as a scientific productivity tool for academics without programming needs

I am a social scientist working primarily on Linux, but also at times required to work on Windows systems at the University. I have been looking to improve my productivity in the academic workflow ...
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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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Average time alloted for manuscript review across disciplines

I am asking this question because I've always had the impression that manuscripts submitted to a journal in my field (theoretical linguistics) take an insanely long time to get published, and ...
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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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Getting a pet during a PhD

There are questions on here about getting married, having kids, and other major time commitments during graduate school. But one thing that I haven't seen posted -- but that I've seen come up with ...
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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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Is it OK to start a PhD with a side project still running from your master's?

I just finished my master's and I am about to start my PhD studies. As I am very used to do many independent projects during my bachelor's and master's, I am willing to continue a side project on a ...
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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-...
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How do you balance producing results with learning new skills?

On the one hand, I'd like to produce a few graphs every week so my project can move forward. Taking a month off to learn a new programming language, do a literature review, or work through a relevant ...
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How to effectively balance research, teaching and project work? [duplicate]

Starting from the upcoming semester besides my research for the PhD, I will also have to work on a loosely related project (w.r.t. my research), and do teaching as well. I am overwhelmed from this. ...
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Time management in PhD Math program [closed]

I'm accepted at a PhD math program for the fall and I will be expected to take 3 very rigorous pure math classes a semester and TA about 10 hours a week. I am a slow learner and it takes me a long ...
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Time management and organization for PhD Student in first year?

After failing the first year of the PhD program at a top university, I know that my poor performance resulted from dealing with a tremendously debilitating psychological condition, but it all was ...
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What are some ways to increase grading speed?

I sometimes spend too much time on grading students' homework in the class I am a TA for. I am asking if there are some ways to improve grading speed? I hope that I can learn some useful tips from ...
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How to efficiently plan holidays in academia?

It is holiday season, so I thought of re-considering my ways of holiday planning. As a student, holidays in academia are somewhat shaped by the semester breaks and the lecture-free period. Working ...
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How many “office hours” are common (or standard) for full-time lecturers?

In situations where one teaches purely undergraduate students (20 hours per week, 16 weeks per semester, 2 semesters per year) how many hours per week, and how many weeks per year, are people normally ...
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How do I keep the high efficiency in non exam week? [closed]

My efficiency is very high during exam week. How do I keep this high efficiency at other times?
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How to get work done on the weekends

As an undergraduate, I had a problem: I could work very efficiently during the week, but over the weekend I could get absolutely nothing done. Usually my plans for the weekend would include errands, ...
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Time management as a TA in mathematics

I just started being a TA in mathematics at a university in continental Europe. My big problem is my time management: I feel like I don't have time for my own research. During a working time of 40h ...
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When should I release deadlines for assignments?

Some students have been asking that I release all the assignments and their due dates at the beginning of the course. I suppose that I could create some estimates, but I suspect that we will end up ...
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What are some good ways to take a break during the academic workday? [closed]

Solving research problems is hard. After a while I feel mentally spent. I want to be as productive as possible but I don't know of many good ways to "recharge my batteries" after I have been thinking ...
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Should the website contain information which is discouraged to have in the CV?

Here and there in this site, I get that you should have your own website. It is one way to networking, making you standing out of the crowd. It can also be your extended version of CV or SOP, helping ...
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What's the most efficient way to schedule a joint meeting with multiple faculties? [closed]

I have the find a time slot that all faculties can attend. As everyone is very busy, I want to do it in a most efficient way, i.e. minimizing back and forth emails as much as possible. One trick I ...
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How long should it take to read a paper?

I am wondering how long it usually takes to read a research article. I can see that the answer depends on: The knowledge and intelligence of the reader The field of research The journal The ...
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How can I improve the effectiveness of my literature searches?

OK, I know this is a pretty basic question but I haven't been able to come up with any really satisfactory solutions. (I have searched around on this site, but none of the related questions precisely ...
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Trade-off between content and style

I am in the UK and I completed an undergraduate dissertation. In my dissertation I went much higher than my level. All the content in my dissertation was at a masters level and everything was self-...
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Is it fair to offer students a last-minute extension to finish a test?

A friend of mine who is a CS grad student at a US university took a class in which the students were given an extra hour on a two-hour exam. The trouble is that this offer was made in the last five ...
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Life Hacks: Teacher Edition! [closed]

Now that I've gotten your attention with that terrible title... The Mathematical Association of America used to regularly run a column called Teaching Time Savers, an archive of which can be found ...
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Is there an optimum time to leave between writing and self-proofreading?

Having read a number of guides on tips to do when proofreading as well as some questions on this website. They all refer to leaving some time between writing and proofreading. This time can vary from ...
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How to prevent too many students from making appointments to meet with you when you put “Office Hours: …, or by appointment” on the syllabus?

In the past I have included the following statement on my syllabus: Office Hours: Mon 1-2pm, Weds 3-5pm, or by appointment However, I am beginning to get too many requests for appointments. ...
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Booking websites for student consults [duplicate]

Apologies if this has been asked. I've been searching the website to find a comment on a post I read about online scheduling systems. I'm looking for a free online system that will enable students to ...
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How to make thesis-writing feel less tedious?

I'm about to finish my master's thesis on a TCS topic (algorithms). I'm quite happy with my results; the most engaging part of the thesis was grappling with getting up to speed on the state of the art,...
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How to quickly understand the main idea when reading a paper?

I have problems in reading papers, specifically papers where the subject is not so new to me and I am familiar with the problem which the writer wants to solve. How to find the those parts which talk ...
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Should I cancel / alter office hours for committee meetings?

My contract requires that I maintain a certain number of office hours a week where I am available to meet with students. In practice this time is rarely entirely taken up by student meetings however. ...
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What is the optimal balance of time spent on research vs. volunteering/leadership/organizing in grad school and beyond?

In graduate school I have found that along with being a producer of good research, fellowships/post-doctoral advisers/faculty search committee are also often interested in what one has done outside of ...
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What productive academic work can you do with minimal attention in a small (<30 minutes) block of time?

Ok, here is a major issue I have with much of my work (which is experimental/computational research): I am a graduate student, and spend much of my day doing 5, 10, 20 and 30 minute experiments (both ...
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Journal publishing timetables

I am about to submit my first article to a peer-reviewed journal. I have basically already decided which one, but I have a shortlist and am still in principle considering my options. One of the ...
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Ways to manage something like a 'work-life balance'?

According to a recent international study on work-life balance within academia "a majority of researchers and scientists had conflicts between their work schedules and personal lives at least two ...
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How to decide which university to study for PhD [duplicate]

I have seen many different research students that want to apply for a PhD or MSc program but they are so nervous about their choice. Sometimes they pay most of heir time, reviewing the websites of the ...