How do you keep to a research timeline?

posted
22-Dec-18, 05:23
by pareod
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posted about 6 months ago
Hey all,

I just joined the forums and I have questions about research (sorry if this is a duplicate thread, I could not find an answer). I just finished the first semester of my PhD program in computer science. I did well in my classes, but I am not sure how I am doing in my research. I already have a research adviser and they have been introducing me to their work and giving me papers to read. My concern is that I am now on break for the holidays and I have very little motivation to do much work. During the semester, I have no problem studying all day for classes, but I do not feel the same urgency for my research. The topic is interesting, but I have no deadlines or consequences -- other than failing to get a PhD, but that is too far off to seem real. Obviously, I need to transition from my undergraduate mindset of exams and assignment deadlines to pacing myself with my research. My questions are: has anyone else struggled with this and how do you overcome it?

Thanks!
posted
03-Jan-19, 22:03
by pareod
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posted about 5 months ago
Bump since the post was pending approval.
posted
03-Jan-19, 22:16
edited about 16 seconds later
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posted about 5 months ago
Don't kid yourself that you have time. You don't, you need to have a review done by yr1, experiments carried out and result to present yr2, further direction yr3, publish, publish, publish
posted
03-Jan-19, 22:56
edited about 16 seconds later
by pareod
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posted about 5 months ago
Quote From kikothedog:
Don't kid yourself that you have time. You don't, you need to have a review done by yr1, experiments carried out and result to present yr2, further direction yr3, publish, publish, publish

I am working in the theory realm, so I do not have experiments to perform. I have papers to read and open problems to work on. I am still in the learning all of the background step. My current plan is to work on research for 2 hours in the morning and night whenever possible. Does that sound reasonable?
posted
05-Jan-19, 09:25
edited about 12 seconds later
by pm133
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posted about 5 months ago
It's not about how many hours you work but what you accomplish within those hours.

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