Category: Productivity & Time Management

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Time Management Tips for PhD Students

This blog post needs no introduction. If you are a grad student, time always feels scarce . I often feel like I don’t have enough time. My only option then is to make the most efficient and effective use of what I do have. Here are my top ten tips for making the most out of my time.

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Why I love the Pomodoro Technique

In case you missed it, I posted information on the @ScholarCulture instagram on the Pomodoro Technique. For some of you, this may be a review. But for those who have never heard of this technique and want to increase their time management skills, keep reading to find out more!

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January Edition: Things I am Loving

I often get asked about things that are helping me in my studies. These items include, books (both school related and fiction), food, fitness, conscious brands, podcasts and apps/tools. Also, with the @ScholarCulture community continuously growing, scholars often share with me some of the things they are loving too. Sometimes I try them out and if I end up loving them, I want to … Read More January Edition: Things I am Loving

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6 Books helping me survive my PhD

Today I want to share with you some books that are helping me survive my PhD. It was so hard to only pick six! So this list is not an exhaustive by any means. Rather, it gives you an insight into some of the books that are currently helping me within the first two years of my PhD.

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What’s in a PhD Students Backpack

As someone with a type A personality, I like to be prepared. This is evident if you have ever seen me with my backpack. If you need something, I likely will have it. Are you curious to find out what’s in a PhD students backpack? Just keep reading to find out… P.S if you know a student, these might just be some good holiday … Read More What’s in a PhD Students Backpack

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Why you should stop everything and go back up your files!

For those who follow me on Instagram (@ScholarCulture) you will know that two weeks ago I spilt water all over my laptop. Today, I will share with you the full story of what happened and why you should stop everything you are doing and go back up your files right now!

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10 mindfulness tips for motivation

With only one month left in the first year of my PhD, the “summer break” is very near and very distracting. I find myself getting easily distracted by plans in the summer (and by plans I mean more work and reading). I am needing extra help to stay focused and motivated to finish up my first year. But most importantly, I don’t want to … Read More 10 mindfulness tips for motivation

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How to create grad school learning goals

I am a goal setting, type A personality, through and through. But when I found out that I had to create learning goals for my PhD, it felt like a heavy weight on my shoulders. I barely knew what a PhD entailed, so how could I begin to make goals to achieve it? Breaking down the goals into categories helped me create the learning … Read More How to create grad school learning goals

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Creative Money Saving Tips for Students

Along with the stress of achieving good grades, balancing tight deadlines, experiencing imposter syndrome and endless amounts of guilt, we students also have to deal with the constant anguish around finances. Now if you are lucky enough to receive sufficient funding through scholarships for your degree, then congratulations! But if you are like the majority of grad students (including me), then you are most likely … Read More Creative Money Saving Tips for Students

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How to take a mini vacation from grad school  

Over this past weekend, I traveled to Jamaica for a friend’s destination wedding. Without a doubt, I was excited to enjoy the warm weather and salty ocean but unfortunately, my anxiety about my workload was outweighing my enjoyment. This semester is shaping up to be an extremely busy one and I still am figuring out how to manage it. My anxiety kept taking over … Read More How to take a mini vacation from grad school  

How to get back into grad school mode (post-holiday season)

Is anyone else struggling to get back into the grad school mode, after the holidays? I was able to accomplish a lot over the break and I also worked a few days at York University. However, I mainly rested, slept in and watched TV (crazy, right?) because that is what my body was telling me it needed. So when I returned back to Ottawa, … Read More How to get back into grad school mode (post-holiday season)

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Tips to tackle procrastination

The struggle is real and it happens to all of us grad students. It seems timely to write a post about our evil friend, procrastination. I know we don’t have much time here, as its #grindtime to final assignments, deadlines, and exams. So I am going to keep this short and sweet for now and perhaps I will dig a bit deeper into this issue … Read More Tips to tackle procrastination