Time and Stress Management for PhD students
Taking a PhD is incredibly stressful! It's important to be on top of your own mental and physical well-being during this time. Here are some resources to help you avoid feeling like stress is taking over your life.
-The Best Books To Tackle Most Common PhD Problems - Scroll Down a bit on this page to get to a list of books for almost every problem you will encounter during Your PhD. And remember if you buy books online, even from abroad, they are tax free!
-The Thesis Whisperer - This is a blog newspaper dedicated to the process of getting a PhD, with posts on everything from time management to supervisor problems.
-Where do the hours go? - Graduate students and procrastination experts share their best time-management tips.
-10 Surprising Time Management Strategies To Help You Graduate - Practical tips on how to manage your time to maximize productivity from someone who has been there.
-Organization and Time management - List of blog posts on organization and time management from Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD. If you go to the Resources tab on the top right, he has a lot of resources and blog posts that are helpful for PhD students.
-The PhD-Doctor: The Modular Dissertation - A short article in Science Magazine with hands-on advice on how to plan your research project.
-Managing PhD Projects - A blog post about keeping your PhD on track by making a plan and setting milestones.
-Courses in stress management from the MatNat Faculty will be listed here.
-Remember that UiO allows you to spend up to 1.5 hours per week of your working hours on physical exercise, and that you can become a member of SIO Athletica, which has five fitness centers around Oslo, for reduced rates. Regular exercise can also help keep you feeling grounded and reduce stress.
And when you do feel overwhelmed, which happens to almost every PhD student at some point, please make an appointment to talk to someone. You have a few options both at UiO, and privately:
ForVei. Ilan and Linda are trained to help you with the stresses that are particular to being a graduate student.
Bedriftshelsetjenesten (UiO's own health service) can also be an access point for problems related to stress.
HR is in charge of making sure your social and psychological working environment is safe and comfortable, so you can bring up any social or psychological problems with Ann Elisabeth Mellbye, who is HR responsible for IBV, or with the PhD advisor.
Your own doctor (fastlege) can also refer you to a psychologist, but this can take some time to get approved.