- Completing a PhD is really tough; don't let anyone convince you
- Often you feel like you're making no progress or insufficient progress
- I think the key is to keep making some progress.
- Sometimes you reach a dead end or have negative results.
- This is not as good as positive results, but it is still progress.
- It can also be good to put problems aside. Maybe a bit of thought
will help you solve it, or maybe it's really a hard problem.
- Remember that discovering problems is as important as finding
- Formally, full time PhD students get 3 years to complete.
- After that we stop funding you.
- After 4 years, we start charging you.
- It's pretty rough if you're in your fourth year, with no end in
- Assuming we have time, lets try three little exercises:
- Draw out a schedule (monthly) for the remainder of your PhD.
- Draw out a schedule for what you'll do next week.
- Draw out a list of things you have to do by the end of next
week. Put them in an Urgent/Important box.