Discipline-driven PhD, inspired by the book “The 12 week year” -Brian P.Moran & Michael Lennington

We, humankind, are full of good motivation, but it never lasts forever. Procrastination is a way of not turning dreams into goals neither actions. In life, especially in a long-term project as going on a PhD journey, you absolutely need a PLAN.

  • Progress bar
  • Time allocation

The 1 Year Vision, Goals oriented

In this part, you will have to center all your goals around a vision, which you will not hesitate to name: commitment, curiosity, marathon…

  • Transversal → Programming → Python learning → Satisfaction criterion = 2 intermediate certifications + 1 advanced certification.
  • Health → physical health →Regular weekly training → Satisfaction criterion = 3 times / week
  • Personaltravels → Satisfaction criterion = 1 new destination / 12 weeks

The 1 Year Vision, 12 weeks oriented

Now that the goal-oriented vision is defined and measured, it is time to distribute the workload on an equity basis. We introduce first our second measure “ Progress bar”.

12 weeks plan , 4 weeks oriented

Now that we have a more measurable expectation within 12 weeks basis, we apply the same approach explained above to split the workload in monthly basis.

What will my day look like ?

At this point, the vision is far from simple desired goals but more likely close to an achievable plan. To present our last unit of measure, we need to stop and think about what our day would look like.

1 Month Plan , week oriented

In what follows, time allocation is strongly emphasized. It concretely measure what will be, more or less, the time allocated to the realization of what we can say: a main task.

1 Week Plan , day oriented

As above, it is a matter of dividing the weekly time allocation on a daily basis for the various main tasks into daily tasks.

The day plan

If you get to this part, you have already chosen your path, you just have to take it. Your daily plan could take many configurations, we propose two :