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The Happy PhD Zone: How to Maintain a Work-Life Balance in Academia

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Image credit – memegenerator.net


What do you do to stay in the happy PhD zone? Signe Asberg describes how she maintains the (mythical?) work-life balance as a PhD student. She offers good advice and useful hacks to help you discover your own happy PhD zone and keep you organized, focused, and healthy.

Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words

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Image from the original webpage


Joe Bunting offers practical advice on how to become a better writer. In order to be specific, which he claims is “the one writing rule to rule them all”, he advises that you avoid these 7 vague words that will generally lessen the quality of anyone’s writing.

How to Work with People Who Aren’t Good at Working with People

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Image from the original webpage


Emotional Intelligence, or EQ as it has come to be called, has been shown to be of the utmost importance for success in relation to job performance, entrepreneurship, career success, and leadership. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic offers evidence-based recommendations on how to manage interactions with people who have a low EQ, or in other words, people who aren’t good at working with people.

18 Simple Essay Hacks Every Student Needs To Know

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Image credit – Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed / Alejandro Escamilla / Via tumblr.unsplash.com



These essay hacks are a brief (and fun) look at some helpful writing tips.

Good Enough is Good Enough

Good Enough


“High ambitions are noble and important, but there can also come a point when they become the sources of terrible trouble and unnecessary panic.” This article extols the virtues of rejecting perfectionism and accepting that good enough is already a very grand achievement.

On Academic Envy

Image: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Image: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)


It is difficult to admit that we might feel envious of our friends’ and colleagues’ successes. It is entirely possible to be happy for them and envious of them at the same time. Whether or not we care to admit feeling envious, Theresa MacPhail confesses that “nothing kills [her] writing faster than feeling envious.” She offers advice on how to cope with envy and how to even turn academic envy around and use it to your writing advantage.

10 Rules of Writing

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Illustration: Hazel Karkaria / By Two Design


Writing is challenging for everyone, and academic writing can be even more intimidating. Many authors have attempted to break down successful writing approaches into how-to guides. Amitava Kumar shares 10 Rules of Writing that you may find helpful in your own writing.

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