The New Year is on the horizon, which means that there are also new year's resolutions to consider. You may reminisce about 2022 or you may be grateful that it's behind you. Either way, 2023 is a new beginning with lots of possibilities.
Do you wish to maximise your potential as a Doctoral candidate? Perhaps consider putting the below suggested four tasks on the top of your priority list to ensure that the new year is off to a remarkable start.
A plan to alleviate stress
Doctoral candidates face a lot of stress in their lives. There is pressure to finish the apex qualification, to find a job during or afterwards, and even just to stay on top of all the work that needs to be completed every day. It, therefore may be helpful if you schedule your work each day, and spread out large projects over time. This will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the work day. You can also set goals for yourself, such as how much work you want to accomplish each day. This can help you stay motivated when things get difficult.
A plan for finances
Doctoral candidates have to pay their bills while they’re studying, which means that budgeting and planning are important. With a family to support, there is a need to ensure that an individual's financial situation does not get out of control as this could affect one's study journey.
A plan for time
It can be difficult to find time for yourself when you're studying for your Doctorate, but taking a few minutes each day to relax and unwind is important.
A plan for fun
Doctoral candidates have many demands on their time, so it’s important that they make some time every day to do something pleasurable.
May your 2023 be healthy, productive and remarkable!