According to Allen Gannett, author of The Creative Curve there are four patterns or laws of creativity. How might these apply to the PhD process? The first law is: 1. Consume first. For Gannett, “You can’t have insights about things you don’t know anything about.” 20% of your time should be spent on consuming every […]
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I have mentored a number of PhD students who have changed their supervisors. Sadly, this is not uncommon. The most important factor for success as a PhD student is to choose the right supervisor. That is why I recommend students to do significant amounts of research and informational interviewing about their supervisor before they start […]
Once you achieve your PhD and after the euphoria and the well earned sense of achievement has worn off a little you might get the post-PhD blues. This is common after achieving a major goal and so it’s important to anticipate it and set up new goals before you achieve your PhD. I also strongly […]
I’ve spent the past two weeks cleaning out my attic. It was a mammoth task worthy of all the superpowers of Marie Kondo. The place was a mess, untouched for thirty years. I was determined to tackle it during the Covid-19 lockdown. After the initial feelings of overwhelm, I started chipping away at the mountains […]