In many ways, pursuing a PhD resembles running a marathon: long distance, loneliness and fatigue are seemingly insurmountable obstacles and nobody can hope to reach the end without adequate training. [Actually, according to ancient literature and mythology, one non-professional athlete ran the first Marathon in full armor in the Greek August weather (Lucas, 1976), but he paid the effort with his life! This certainly does not set a positive example for all of us, aspiring PhD holders…].Continue reading “What if your PhD didn’t need to feel as long and tiring as a marathon?”
Let’s face it, us, scientists, are passionate about our job. We are usually delighted about carrying out our scientific tasks (experiments, simulations, reviews, etc.). But when it comes to writing our findings, the motivation goes down. We rarely feel we’re ready to write and we rarely feel in the mood to write… the consequence: when we sit down and are supposed to write, we rather start doing other things, we procrastinate. And of course procrastination comes guilt and frustration. Until the deadline dangerously approaches: then, in the last minute, creativity pops up. Well, let us break it for you: that’s not really last minute creativity, that’s stress and adrenaline doing their job.
In our Road to Bootcamp series of posts, we’ve already covered how starting writing your work early enough will let you fully benefit from the ‘magic’ of the writing process; therefore, reducing procrastination. In this post, we’ll focus on how creativity can be boosted—even when you’re convinced that you’re not in the mood to write.Continue reading “Not in the mood to write? Why you should still show up, even if the muse doesn’t”
How many times did you come back from a conference with plenty of ideas and notes, having the motivation to act upon all these as soon as your were back in office? Continue reading “Get back from conferences with actionable notes”
This post collects all the books I wish I knew about when I started my PhD. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have found one that is not in this list. Continue reading “I wish I knew about these books when I started my PhD”
Many people might say that multi-tasking is the one thing they do well. In this hyper-connected world, we could think that this is the only way forward. My personal experience and the many readings I have done recently indicate the contrary. If you want to cut your work time by 50%, change to single-tasking. Continue reading “How to double your work efficiency with a simple technique”
This webpage gathers some interesting resources on effective presentations. Continue reading “Resources on effective presentations: from the idea to the delivery”
- You have probably been in many brainstorming meetings where you encountered one of the two following scenarios:
- “Dear colleagues, what are your ideas on this project…”, followed by a long silence, as if there was a brainstorming switch to turn on;
- You suggest an idea and immediately someone is saying: “No, this is not possible, it’s not a very good idea!”.
These two scenarios gather the two main pitfalls of effective brainstormings: priming and judging. Continue reading “The evolutionary brainstorming: do it as your brain was wired to do it”
The objective of this post is to bundle all the efficiency booster I use for my work. Don’t hesitate to submit the gems you find and they will end up here after a trial period. Continue reading “Boost your work efficiency with the following tools and techniques”