Bookmarked Twenty things I wish I’d known when I started my PhD by Lucy Taylor (Nature)

Recent PhD graduate Lucy A. Taylor shares the advice she and her colleagues wish they had received.

Lucy Taylor provides some suggestions of things to consider when starting a PhD, such as identifying a work/life balanace, set yourself goals early, write down everything and backup your work. This reminds me of posts from Gayle Munro and Deborah Netolicky sharing some of their experiences. I think that some of these lessons can be applied to any sort of extended project. See for example Ryan Holiday’s research steps or Alex Quigley’s discussion of how to write a book. For more on research, check out this list of recommended books.

via Chris Aldrich