It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during your PhD. You’ve got an enormous job on your hands and often the path through isn’t entirely clear.

It’s natural for that to feel too much from time to time.

But often we don’t help ourselves. If we’re not careful, we can both expect too much of ourselves and put too much on our agenda.

One common trap we often fall into is to not break down tasks into more manageable chunks. When we look at our to-do list and we’re confronted with a big task like ‘write the lit review’ it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Instead, try and break tasks down into smaller and smaller components, such that each one is completely manageable. Then focus on getting those done instead. You’ll be chipping away at the bigger prize, but doing so in a more manageable and enjoyable way.

Good luck and have a great week!


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