Looking for tips, tricks and advice to finish your doctoral thesis on time and with high spirits? Baffled by how little information is out there about how to support PhD students to become independent researchers? As an ex-doctoral student now co-supervising five students, I feel your pain.

“A Happy PhD” is a blog where I distil what has worked for me, as well as recent research in doctoral education, psychology and many other fields. Join our newsletter, or follow the blog on Twitter, Facebook, or via RSS.

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Common problems and challenges in doing the PhD, from mental health (e.g., depression or anxiety) or productivity challenges, to writing or dropping out of your PhD.

Mental health and wellbeing tips and advice: common mental health symptoms in the PhD, tips to avoid dropping out of the doctorate, the importance of sleep, holidays or advice from positive psychology to keep yourself motivated during the PhD.

PhD productivity tips and advice: from the classic Pomodoro technique, to avoiding to-do list overwhelm, dealing with multiple projects and priorities, staying productive and motivated, how I manage my daily tasks or how I do my weekly reviews.

PhD-specific tools, like the CQOCE diagram to conceptualize your PhD, the NABC method to structure your research presentations, or the process I use to write scientific papers or make big career decisions.

Supervision tips and advice, about giving feedback on student papers, or supporting a sense of progress in your doctoral students.

Recent Posts

Intervision: Unblocking yourself... with a little help from some friends

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Swath and Dive: A pattern for PhD defense presentations

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Reviewing doctoral well-being research (study report)

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Quickie: Preloading productive meditation (book extract)

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The four disciplines of executing your PhD (book extract)

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Four scheduling strategies of successful PhD students (book extract)

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Getting into the weeds of writing

Avoiding avoidance and other mental self-sabotage in the PhD

The Create/Consume Hypothesis: A simple rule for more effective and valuable PhD work

Facing addiction to social media in the PhD

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