Main reasons why students chose to take part.
- Find out more about a PhD.
- Poor management and time skills and need to balance work and life better.
- Desire to improve time management and work-life balance.
- Wanting to improve organization and productivity.
- Want to achieve more in the time left to complete.
Half of the students in our sample used some type of organisation and planning aids before learning about the Grid and the other half did not have a system for keeping productive.
What students really want is to achieve results without stress and unnecessary trade-offs.
What gets in the way of this?
- Waning motivation, self-doubt, feeling lost.
- Lack of clarity and/or clear purpose.
- Life responsibilities such as having a family, kids, partner.
- Not making the necessary progress and/or finding the PhD journey very challenging.
How does this impact the student?
- Withdraw from other activities they also enjoyed which drives greater imbalance.
- Experience more stress, worry and anxiety.
- Feel tired and not wanting to engage with others.
- Lose concentration, focus or drive which then adds more pressure.
- Feel demoralized and beaten.
The overall picture we obtained shows that results currently come at a cost, or not at all.
The initial data we collected paints a picture where thriving is missing. While this is a small pilot study, it would be exciting to flip this picture around and create conditions where PhD students naturally thrive and think of their PhD experience as one of the best things ever! It is something I want to work towards in partnership with more departmental and institutional heads.
Continue reading to discover
- How three students benefited from the Grid™ approach (Page 3-5)
- Pick up practical tips for your productivity and wellbeing if you’re a PhD student (Page 6)
- Learn 3 powerful insights if you’re a PhD supervisor, departmental head and graduate programme director (Page 6)
- Why the Grid™ is a useful tool in this context from Grid™ inventor, Dr. Magdalena Bak-Maier (Page 6)
Call to action
- Get on your path to explore the Grid™ with us in a step by step manner here.
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