Effective time management for PhD students

Learn how to sharpen your focus, build your confidence, plan your time effectively and get more out your day

Effective time management for PhD students

As a PhD student, you probably have a lot to do and not much time to do it. Combine this with the pressure to achieve a high standard and a lack of clear guidance and it's not surprising that so many students get so stressed.

Most students recognise that they need to do something different, so they try to get organised by making timetables, setting targets and writing to-do lists. This gives you a quick boost—a feeling that everything is under control as long as it looks good on paper—but it doesn't last.

As soon as you miss just one target, the plan becomes a burden; a reminder of the standard you aren't meeting... And so the motivation slips away until you decide to do something about it and make another plan.

There is a better way

Effective time management isn't just about planning what you want to achieve and when.

It's about the ability to;

  • follow through on your plans
  • remain focused on difficult tasks and
  • adapt to the unexpected when you need to

By starting with small habits, small changes to your routine and way of thinking, these are abilities that anyone can develop.

They serve as the foundation to;

  • maintain a healthy work-life balance
  • keep control of your PhD project
  • stay calm and stay creative when things go wrong
  • start enjoying your research

About the course

Instead of starting with a long-term timeline, we start by laying a solid foundation of daily basic habits, to help you follow through on your short-term commitments and goals and get some control over your time.

Then you'll learn how to apply these habits to your PhD, before we start to put together a weekly timetable.

Each unit gives a few basic principles and examples, but knowledge is not enough! Each unit ends with specific exercises designed to help you put principles into practice.


Your Instructor

James Hayton
James Hayton

I'm James, I'm a former physicist (PhD, Nottingham, 2007) and author of "PhD: An Uncommon Guide to Research, Writing & PhD Life".

I now help PhD students all over the world overcome barriers in their research and writing.

Over the last 10 years, my strategies have helped thousands of PhD students just like you to build confidence, write better and finish on time.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
Whenever you are ready! You can start when you like and go at your own pace, but it's good to do one unit per day.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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