Writing the Ph.D. Thesis – Part 1: Preparing

February 21, 2016

The Ph.D. thesis is “La Grande Finale” of a big research project and an ideal place for passing on knowledge, insight, and ideas to other researchers and future Ph.D. students. At the same time, writing the thesis can seem like a daunting task, akin to climbing a mountain. Continue reading…

Writing the Ph.D. Thesis: Remember to Read, too

October 10, 2015

An important part of writing the Ph.D. thesis (or any other long document) is to actually write and avoid stalling in fear of the writing not being perfect. The text will never be perfect, especially not the first time writing it, and is better approached iteratively in a “write, correct, write, correct, write, correct,…” sequence. Continue reading…

Communicate Your Research Frequently and at All Levels

June 21, 2015

Communicating research, for example during a Ph.D. project, is tremendously important and rewarding and should have high priority. At the same time, communication takes time and without realizing the both short and long term benefits, it’s easy to not give it the attention and emphasis it rightly deserves.

In this post, I first share a number of reasons why research communication is beneficial – and then outline pratical ways to share and communicate one’s research. Continue reading…

Taming the Information Overflow – Part 3

May 16, 2015

This post is the third of three in a series on my systems for handling the increasing amounts of information, both outside and in my work. My routines for finding, collecting, reading and processing news articles, blog posts and social media links and scientific publications in my research and Ph.D. project were the topics of the two previous posts. Continue reading…

Why Can’t I Find Your Ph.D. Thesis on the Internet?

February 26, 2015

A Ph.D. thesis is the climax of a Ph.D. project where several years of studying, reading, thinking, creating new ideas and knowledge – and a lot of hard work! – is collected into a single, coherent document that puts all of the efforts and contributions into a scientific context and form. Continue reading…

Taming the Information Overflow – Part 2

February 10, 2015

This post is the second in a series of three posts on systems I’ve implemented for coping with the increasing influx of information. The first post described my information system for everything not related to work, for example news articles, blog posts and social media links. In the present and an upcoming post, I describe similar information systems for work. Continue reading…

Taming the Information Overflow – Part 1

December 16, 2014

Every day I’m exposed to a lot of information, in the form of articles, blog posts, scientific papers and a lot more, and at times coping with all of it can seem daunting and never-ending.

Before, I would often interrupt what I was in the middle of doing, when I found an interesting read, or continue to do it and forget about the interesting read – both of which were frustrating.

Therefore, I set out to establish systems to tame the information overflow, in a way that, on the one hand, allows me to collect, read, process and archive the information, and on the other is as seamless and with as few disturbances as possible. Continue reading…