PhD students โ€” How to 10x your PhD productivity?

The way to boost your PhD productivity?

๐Ÿ. ๐€๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ฒ: Social media is not controllable. As we scroll, we see content irrespective of whether or not we really want to see it. Some of the content deeply impacts us such as a horrible incident or something bad happened to a loved one. If it happens, you might not be productive for the rest of the day. So, better avoid it in the first half.

๐Ÿ. ๐€๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ’ ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ:ย  Our mind does not work to its maximum potential all the time. However, it does work in a focused way for 3-4 hours. Make sure to work with full focus for at least 4 hours a day. Get yourself disconnected from mobile phones, emails, etc, and work on the most challenging task. It shouldnโ€™t be 4 consecutive hours, though.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐‹๐ž๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ค๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ฒ: Not all PhD tasks require equal focus. For example, replying to some emails, marking student submissions, and voluntary tasks for a conference do not require too much mental focus. Work on them at times when you are not too productive.

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๐Ÿ’. ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ:ย  Procrastinating PhD tasks is quite common. Donโ€™t procrastinate. Follow the 5-second rule. If you donโ€™t jump towards the task in the first 5 sec, your brain starts pushing you away from it. Everything is difficult before you do it, just do it.

๐Ÿ“. ๐“๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐๐จ๐ซ๐จ: It helps especially during paper writing. Some students follow this technique and have shown good results. Set a timer to 25 mins and solely focus on writing during these 25 mins. Once the timer hits, take a 5 min break and come back again.

๐Ÿ”. ๐“๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ: As a PhD student, you should be eager for ideas. These ideas you can take from many places โ€“ meetings, conferences, and your own thoughts. Donโ€™t let them fly away. You can easily take notes even on your mobile phone. Take notes and reflect on them later.

๐Ÿ•. ๐ƒ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ค๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ: Replying to an email, passing your paper through Grammarly, and sending a group meeting agenda are shorter tasks. These tasks take 5-10 min. However, when you are on the way back ending your day, you will feel like you have done several tasks โ€“ a feeling of accomplishment for the day.

๐Ÿ–. ๐€๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฑ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ: Some activities, people, and content around you can be toxic. A 5-sec toxic engagement can ruin your day. It can demotivate you and keeps you unproductive for the whole day. Identify these and keep yourself away.

PhD students โ€” Do this and 90% of your PhD problems will disappear.

๐Ÿ—. ๐ƒ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ: Being worried is something not unusual for PhD students. However, being worried doesnโ€™t solve any problems but the right actions do. For the right actions, you first need to get yourself out of the worry bubble. Taking PhD worries out of your head will double your productivity.

Writer: Faheem Ullah
Assistant Professor
Computer Science, Australia

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