‘Operation GTFO’- Tips to plan introduction chapters

While many PhD theses are different, depending on location and area of research, most require at least one introductory chapter. This introductory chapter sets the scene for the thesis by introducing the thesis area and discussing relevant previous research. My thesis is going to have two introduction chapters, the first providing background information about sharks, the conservation challenges shark species […]

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Different ways of staying organised

Arguably one of the most important skills when completing a PhD (or any other degree for that matter) is organisation. There are always a million tasks to complete, and when you throw work, having a social life, and sleeping into the mix it can get overwhelming. Although, there is often no way of being less busy- there are a few […]

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‘Operation GTFO’- Step 1.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen one of my few references to ‘operation gtfo’. I have had a few questions asking what it is all about. Well, basically, I think that when you get to a particular stage in your PhD journey- just after ‘the rut’, the stage where you can kind of see the end, […]

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PhD update, November.

I am not sure if it is the fact that it is half-way through November, that I have a million and one things to do, that I had a whirlwind trip around the USA for a couple of weeks, or (my money is on this one) a combination of all the above. But, I am feeling slightly unmotivated and overwhelmed […]

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The Life Of A Business Owner

** In collaboration**  We bet that most of you would think that the life of a business owner would be something that would be desired. A life where you can do what you want, you have your own business, and you have more money than you know what to do with. Sound like that you would of imagined? Well, that’s […]

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Retirement Plans: Do You Need One?

** In Collaboration**  Retirement planning relates to the process of making financial plans for the period of your life when you will have stopped working. In general, this process involves depositing money into a retirement account. Yet, there are many types of retirement plans available, and so it is imperative to assess your options carefully. A lot of people will already have a retirement plan in place with their employer. In this instance, contributions are deducted from the employee’s paycheck before they receive it. However, not everyone is in traditional employment and many people want to look into the prospect of additional pension plans. This blog post will reveal the various reasons why you need a pension plan, as well as provide you with some excellent tips on saving for this period of your life. Continue reading to find out more… Why do you need a retirement plan?   It is quite simple; time is everything. This is the most important component in relation to saving for the future. In your early adult life, it may seem strange to consider aged care facilities and the cost of living once you have no income, but if you don’t address it now, it will be too late. It is clichéd, but every dollar really does help, and so even if you can only afford to contribute a small amount to your retirement plan in the beginning it is still worth it. Moreover, […]

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How To Stay Productive When You Have Family Responsibilities

**In Collaboration**  Working from home can be a great move for your career. However, if you’re new to it, then you may find that there’s one thing you really have to work on. And it’s productivity. When you’re in an office environment, it’s often easier to stay productive. Because you’re ‘at work’, you’ve got others working around you, and your mind knows what you’re there to do. But, when you’re at home, your mind can be tricked. It knows that you’re at home. So if you find yourself going to do chores to getting distracted by others, your mind kind of lets you. After all, you’re in your own home. But this can be a nightmare for at home workers! Instead, you need to make sure that you are killing it with your workload. However, that can often be easier said than done. When you’re someone that has a ton of responsibilities, you may find that it’s even harder to stay focused on your work. Maybe you have children or elderly parents to look after? When you have family responsibilities, you may find yourself putting them first before anything else. And it can be really tough. But, you need to be able to find a balance. So if you know that you want to be able to stay as productive as possible without skipping out on the responsibilities that you have, take a look at these seven points. 1. Create […]

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