Ways to make extra money during a PhD

I was fortunate enough to have a funded PhD position from a research council. And for that I am extremely grateful. But I did need to make extra money during my PhD to cover outgoings. I did this in lots of different ways. Especially after my funding ended at the three-year point – and I still had a thesis to finish. I’ve found myself answering questions about managing this through twitter messages and in person. So, I thought I’d share some of the ways to make extra money during a PhD. Specifically, the ways that I have done it! I should…

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How to work from home effectively

Working from home effectively, is it possible? Some would say absolutely not, others wouldn’t go to the office unless they absolutely had to. Of course, some don’t have a choice. But what are some ways that you can work from home effectively? I recently moved back to my family in Cornwall, for a number of reasons and I was quite concerned about how well I’d work here. I’d been used to having a dedicated office space in my flat, and of course my desk at uni. However, so far, it’s worked out really well! But this hasn’t been without a concerted…

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Where I’ve been…

Hello! It’s been a hot minute, hasn’t it? I wanted to drop by and write a brief post about where I’ve been for the last 6 weeks. I had so many exciting posts lined up, and lots of great additions for HealthPsychTam, but things got real hectic, real quick! Conference acceptance… At the end of 2018 I was delighted to have an abstract accepted for the American Psychosomatic Society annual meeting that was taking place in Math 2019, in beautiful Vancouver. This was absolutely wonderful (especially as I was accepted for an oral presentation!). But I had gone out on…

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Alternative ‘to do’ lists

If you’re anything like me, you’ll always have a to do list (or two) on the go. Usually written with pen on paper, sometimes a word document, or a phone note. Essentially these lists are exactly what they claim to be, a list of all the things I need ‘to do’. And usually, they work perfectly and do the job exactly as they should. But sometimes, a to do list just isn’t appropriate or helpful. Sometimes something slightly different needs to be used instead of, or alongside, a to do list. Here are some of my recommendations for alternative to…

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Taking short-term leave during a PhD

This time last year, I was preparing for a surgery which required three weeks physical recovery. I suspended my PhD for these three weeks in order to navigate this period. During this time I looked around for advice about managing short-term planned leave from a PhD and found very little. So I started keeping a record of the things I did and what I found helpful. I’m now writing this post which will hopefully help someone else out there facing short-term leave from their PhD.

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