Keep Swimming

What do you need to balance?

Getting your PhD done

Teaching

Skill development

                                                Mental health

                                                Stress

                                                Life

 

AND…

Put out feelers for side hustle projects

Great for time-management skills, expanding your knowledge and developing collaborations

But don't let it takeover your own work

Travel as much as you can.

Do whatever you can to travel.

Don’t stay in only one research network (i.e. US or Europe). There are multiple research networks.

 

Meet as many people in your field as possible.

Talk to students and academics at conferences

Engage in lab visits – it is a great way to meet others in your field and see how other labs operate.

Sometimes that dream lab that you wanted to do a postdoc in is actually just a factory that serves the PI. That might be want you want or you might want something else. Either way, it is good to know this before you apply for that postdoc.

 

 

Keep active

Exercise

Get out into fresh air occasionally

 

Regular physical activity is a great way to

  • Clear your mind
  • Give you a sense of achievement in some other domain when academic work is being difficult
  • Get rid of that bad posture from sitting at a computer 16 hours day

 

 

Be healthy

Look after yourself. Rest (sometimes).

Eat vegetables (potatoes don't count).

 

 

This can be hardest when you are the busiest and most stressed. So prepared frozen meals are a way to help

Learn good wine and food.

And make friends with people who you can share the good wine and food.

 

 

More wine. Also whiskey.

Two glasses of wine + a whine with your academic friends is one of the most important things for your wellbeing.

 

A brief guide to wine*

Viognier

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Gris

Dry Riesling

Chardonnay

Sauvignon Blanc

Nebbiolo

 

Pinot Noir

Tempranillo

Merlot

Zinfandel

Grenache

Shiraz/Syrah

Cabernet Sauvignon

 

France

Northern Italy, Australia

France

Germany

France, Australia

New Zealand

Italy

 

France, Australia, US

Spain

US

US

Spain

Australia

Chile, Australia

If this is the most marvellous thing you ave ever read and would like to say thank-you with a bottle of wine, I would greatly appreciate this, especially Barossa Valley Shiraz or if you have $, Yarra Yering

The PhD is marathon, not a sprint.

So take breaks.

Don’t miss other important things so you can “just get this done”.

 

It is likely it won’t be done in the next three days

 

Even if it is done, you will probably have to redo it anyway.

 

 

*This is not exhaustive. If you think I'm missing something here, send me your favourite bottle from that region and I'll add it