One trick to enhance motivation

A PhD is a long journey. Usually you rather consider what needs to be done than what you have already achieved. The to-do list becomes every day longer – so that you are seldom aware of all what you have achieved. ‘”What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” C. S. […]

  • 12/08/2017

6 tricks to tame your inner critic while writing

the inner critic

As soon as Gertrude writes a sentence, she hears an inner voice which says: “No, this is too stupid. You cannot write this,” or she mentally sees her supervisor’s sarcastic face. She deletes the sentence; tries another one. Again, “This is ridiculous, delete it immediately.” Again, she wipes it out. After having tried several sentences, […]

  • 03/07/2017

Design your outline in 4 steps

One of the most challenging phases of the writing process is probably the outline of your thesis.  Actually everything is interesting, important, worse to be told. The problem is that you cannot tell everything. You will lose yourself and, by the way, get your reader lost. Less is more. Rather concentrate on one specific goal […]

  • 06/04/2017

9 tips to overcome writer’s block

PhD student suffering writers' block

“All writing problems are psychological problems. Blocks usually stem from the fear of being judged. If you imagine the world listening, you’ll never write a line. That’s why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone”. Erica Jong

  • 29/03/2017

How to stay focused

The to-do list of a PhD student is usually full of tasks – some of them are essential, some of them secondary… lots of them, superfluous. In order to reach you goals, you need to set goals that you can reach. If you set unachievable goals, you will waste time, energy – and lose motivation. […]

  • 06/03/2017

A golden rule for reading scientific literature

What was I looking for?

Archibald was reading the famous paper The Silence of the Bluebirds, in hopes of finding interesting information for his thesis. There he found a great reference, a book called Bluebirds and Redbirds: The Never Ending Fight. He started to read that book and came across an essential sounding reference, Bluebirds: From the Origins to the […]

  • 01/10/2016