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Making New Year’s Resolutions: And Sticking to Them

To kick off 2022, we at the Warwick Library Blogs are thinking about new years’ resolutions. Most of us make them every year: eat less, exercise more, spend less money read more books. So, we were no different, and made some resolutions for the year ahead.

By Ellie King

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Throwback Post: Christmas and Your Mental Health

In this post Sophie shares her thoughts on looking after your wellbeing over the Christmas period.

Christmas time can be full of food, fun, parties and spending time with your loved ones and family. With this in mind, Sophie offers some tips on how to look after your mental health during the festive season.

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The Procrastination Chronicles: Chipping Away at It

When things get too overwhelming, and that mountain you have to climb seems too high, too impossible, it may help to think of your challenges in little pieces, little instalments. In the second part of the Procrastination Chronicles, PhD student Lúcia explores the idea of dealing with burnout and procrastination by “chipping away at it”.

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The first rule of productivity? Don’t think about productivity!

This week, blogger Pierre talks about how to handle the dreaded task of getting enough things done.

By Pierre Botcherby

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The Procrastination Chronicles: Eat the Frog!

Do you tend to leave things until the last minute? Do you stress about upcoming deadlines or postpone dreaded tasks? In this blog post, Lúcia delves into the frog analogy and how it can help tackle our procrastination.

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No Two PhDs are the Same

Unlike starting an Undergraduate or a Master’s course, starting a PhD can be very lonely because, well, you’re the only person doing your research. There’s no standard reading list, no organised seminars or lectures, and no official course mates who you can sympathise with when you don’t understand a topic. Put simply, no two PhDs are the same, and while that might sound daunting, it doesn’t have to be.

By Ellie King, Blog Editor.

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Welcome to Warwick: Top Tips for Starting your PhD

It’s the start of the new academic year and that means the start of a PhD for some students. Congratulations! In today’s blog, blogger Lucia writes about her perspectives of starting a PhD at Warwick as an international student. Hear her top three tips for finding your feet.

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Throwback Post! Transitioning from second to third year: Reflections and advice

Moving from second to third year of a PhD is a significant milestone on the PhD journey. Typically most PhD’s in the UK are around 3 years long and therefore the final year is a busy period! It can be a time of mixed emotions. Students may experience feelings of achievement alongside anxieties about deadlines, thesis submission and future plans. Sophie draws upon her own experience to share her thoughts and advice for transitioning from second to third year.

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OnTrack and Creativity: wellbeing through drawing

The continuing restrictions of the lockdown in the UK have frustrated many and put a strain on wellbeing. But creative activities, such as drawing and painting, have a proven positive effect on wellbeing. Giles Penman discuss the benefits of drawing which he, University of Warwick Wellbeing Adviser Janet Winter and other research students encountered in an OnTrack session earlier this term. He advertised this session in an earlier PhDLife Blogpost, which you can check out here.

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Adding pauses in your PhD

As with anything, the key to a healthy PhD is an effective work-life balance. It is important to take pauses and breaks during your PhD to avoid burnout and so that you can enjoy what you do rather than viewing it as a liability. Manpreet Kaur discusses how she sprinkles breaks in her weeks and months.