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When I was in Sweden, it was paradise. I arrived at 9 in the morning, left at 5 in the afternoon, had an hour to eat at noon, and had a coffee break at 10:30 in the morning at 3:30 in the afternoon, and had a meeting with the boss once a month. Absolute 8-hour work system, there is absolutely no work related to off-duty hours and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and even emails will not be replied during non-working hours. At the Chinese Academy of Sciences, hehe, we will arrive at 8 am, leave at 10 pm, have lunch at 12 to 2:30, and have a lunch break. Use Taobao to chat before 10 am and wait to enter the state. Wait for dinner in the cafeteria after 11, and wait before 3:30 in the afternoon. Wake up at noon, wait for dinner after five o’clock, dinner and rest from six to eight o’clock in the afternoon, and work from eight to ten o’clock in the afternoon. In fact, the night is the time for real work. At other times, I’m not chatting with people in the office, or being called to run around by reimbursement, filling out forms and other mischievous things. I used to maintain the efficient work style in Sweden, focusing on experimentation during working hours, and private activities during off-hours. Later, my boss and colleagues thought it was a freak, but I couldn’t stand the endless bullshit wasting my time and left the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Now in the United States, there is no time requirement and task orientation. However, I usually arrive at 10 in the morning and leave at 5 in the afternoon. The microwave oven in the office will be resolved within 15 minutes of lunch. The rest of the time is in the laboratory, and no moment is wasted. Meet with the boss three times a week, and keep emails open from 7 am to 10 pm regardless of holidays. Personal meetings three times a week! I don’t know what I have talked to the boss, so I came here… and I still feel unsatisfied every time… but the boss is still very efficient in following up on the project. Some of the Americans in the same group are from 7 am to 3:30 pm, and some are from 9 am to 4 pm… The boss doesn’t care how long you sit there… If you don’t come to the office or the laboratory, it’s okay to work in home. As long as you can get data and things from meetings three times a week…Because I often go out in the field, the boss will reply to the email after 10 o’clock and will send me an email saying that I should go to bed early and have a good rest… When I found out that I was still working after 6 o’clock, I would open the door and tell me that I would go home and eat and rest so that I can refresh myself to work well…all kinds of overtime are not allowed…I once doubted whether he was worried that others would say he was oppressed” Child labor”… Actually, the key to PhD reading is that you have an account with yourself, and other people don’t care about what you did… What do you think…


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8 months ago

I do research for about ten minutes a day on average. I am studying for a PhD in theoretical physics in a ravine in the United States. A typical day is roughly as follows. Arrive at the office from 9:00 to 9:30 in the morning. 9:30-11:30: Drink water. A healthy life needs to be kept hydrated, play on the phone, check the circle of friends, see Zhihu, get up and walk around the office twice, so that you can relax and energize your muscles and bones. Go to the toilet and look at what is posted on the wall in the corridor. Check out the new funny videos on youtube. 11:30~12:30: I was surprised that the earphones on my ears didn’t put anything, open Google Play Music, and play the Beatles, electronic dance music or jazz. Then open the school cafeteria website to see what recipes are available in the cafeterias today. When you encounter a food you don’t understand, go to Google to study the historical ingredients and cooking methods of this dish. 12:30~13:00: Go to the cafeteria to buy food. Time is precious and cannot be wasted in the cafeteria, so I take it back to the office to eat. 13:00~13:30: Relax after eating. Combination of work and rest is very important. Take out the phone to open the Pokémon Go, and lay down the gym near the office. 13:30~14:30: Drink water, pay attention to keep hydrated. Open arxiv, look at the first three new article titles in the quant-ph version, and see if there are any strange nouns in them that you haven’t heard of, and follow the instructions to open more than a dozen related Wikipedia pages and a dozen pdf articles. Then start to scan Facebook. 14:30-16:00: Drink water, keep hydrated is still very important. Investigate the small bars in the village recently and what performances are there in the art center. Then search a dozen different bands and celebrities in Google to see if they will perform this year. If they perform, it will take a few hours to drive to the nearest place. Then go to Amazon to look at the water bag and carefully compare the pros and cons of each brand. Continue to listen to the song on Google play, and I heard that Nirvana started to be put in it, and how to evaluate Kotcoben on Zhihu Search. 16:00~17:00: Take the laptop to see the seminar in the department. I found the title very interesting, I went to Google to search, and tried to open more than a dozen Wikipedia pages and arxiv pages to investigate. I found that there were too many opened before and I haven’t looked at one, so I reluctantly turned off the one I opened before. I looked up again and found that most of the seminar was finished, and I couldn’t keep up with what he was talking about. 17:00: Pack up things and leave. Drive to the supermarket to buy groceries. Then go home to pet the cat and add cat food to the cat. 18:00-19:00: Check the recipes and listen to Shao Ma’s cross talk to cook rice and stew. 19:00-21:00: Watching Netflix dramas/Mango TV variety show/If you are the one exclusively titled by Haitian on Jiangsu Satellite TV/Music videos on YouTube/Pirated American and Japanese TV dramas on Dunau, eating while having cats Fighting 21: 00 ~ 23:00: Exercise, take a bath, write a diary, brush Zhihu, Facebook, Moments, Weibo, Instagram, etc. 23:00~? Listening to the rainforest/fire/wave sound played by Google home, I tried to sleep, insomnia, thinking about the meaning of life, feeling the beating of the heart, and listening to cats running around the house. 8:30 the next day: Get up, eat a mixture of banana, strawberry, milk and yogurt, and then cycle above. This is the situation on working days. On weekends, I changed to watching TV and playing mobile phones at home, and the day passed quickly and was very fulfilling. Of course, they don’t always stay at home. For example, if the weather is good, they will go for a walk and get some fresh air. After all, breathing is also a very important part of life.

8 months ago

The time for scientific research should be about 3 hours, no matter how many brain cells are really unable to handle…other times to deal with chores, such as reimbursement, look at gossip (which teacher is a student of which teacher), scan the wiki, and open Meetings, participating in various recreational activities organized by the department (such as academic reports or attending some classes), 7-8 hours a day in the school just passed.

8 months ago

Compared with many CS PhDs, I don’t need to write code, so I have a lot of time to think. My busyness is constantly improving. The bosses don’t push in the first school year, and I don’t have any other first years. PhD brings the undergraduate thinking of “taking classes well”, so it’s super idle. Less than 10 hours of work per week. I’m about to graduate and I’m a lot busy now. There should be 10 hours of work every day. This is why I know the importance of writing and communication, so I always write things and prepare presentations. In this regard, I followed R. Ravi’s advice. Half of my working time should be spent on writing and presentation. Now there are really many problems I can’t do it… The deadline will be more busy because of paper preparation. Of course, if you maintain a good document at any time, you don’t have to take too long. Calm down and think about the research time should not exceed 3 hours. And Most of the time, there is no progress, just turning the problem into a toy problem that can be easily put in my head.My approach is generally to rely on the inspiration before going to bed, and then verify whether these ideas are useful the next day. I usually like to work when there is no one, so the time will be upside down. There is no fixed time in the office, it is meeting when I wake up in advance. I made a page, and other people need to find me to see I’m in the office. (No one is looking for me at all) [Note: It’s useless to see if the office is there now, because I will take the computer home]

8 months ago

Uh, when I was studying for a Ph.D., I went to the office around 9 o’clock every day and went back around 12 o’clock in the evening. Of course, the specific schedule depends on the task progress (boss mood). Is it very diligent and touching? But most of the time in the office, I was bragging and telling jokes with my friends. . . In the middle, we will go out to eat and drink coffee as a group, and we will have to sit for a while after eating and drinking to continue bragging. At that time, there were TV shows in our office, people who liked to listen to cross talk, and people who collected funny jokes, so I didn’t need to know and Weibo to keep up with all kinds of trends and stalks. As for me, I am probably responsible for following up various funny skits, professional Amway b station. . . So now no one listens to me telling jokes, it’s really sad.

8 months ago

When studying for a Ph.D. in China, I usually go to the laboratory at 9 am, 11 or 12 noon, and 5 or 6 pm to order takeaway or go out for a meal together. Most people have the habit of taking a nap, usually ten to twenty minutes. about. The time to leave the laboratory at night is uncertain, even after ten o’clock, anything is possible. The main reason is that the laboratory network is fast, and there is air conditioning in summer and heating in winter, so why bother to go back to the dormitory. The feeling of watching a movie while doing a little experiment is also great. If there are too many people staying late at night, they will go out together for supper, and sometimes play a ball or something. After arriving in the United States, the situation is completely different. U.S. laboratories, mainly post-doctorate, few doctors, and most of the post-doctoral fellows have a family, and most places in the United States can be regarded as no nightlife, so the daily situation is completely different from that in China, and everyone does not. Delaying the end of get off work will not say that a team is going to eat. I started work at 8:30 in the morning (no one grabbed the clean bench and other equipment) and left at 4:30 in the afternoon. Try to do all the work as much as possible and then sit in front of the computer to do desk work, and then brush Zhihu, Twitter, etc….when the efficiency is exhausted before reading a blog.

8 months ago

I really want to emphasize one point, that is, don’t compare time. Different disciplines, even different directions in the same discipline, are completely incomparable; even in the same discipline and the same direction, there is no need to spend time, the key is to see what you have done and what you have gained. Some people are suitable for long rivers, because they have average ability to concentrate but can last a long time; some people are suitable for short and fast because they are happy but can’t persist for too long, which is all right. There is a professor in the department. When I talked to him, he said that he often didn’t sleep much during his PhD for three or four years, and he relied on coffee to support him. I joked to him and said that I really can’t do it. I don’t have enough sleep for more than eight hours a day and I don’t want to work. Maybe it’s a personal physical problem that makes you succeed and I can’t. But he said that he shouldn’t think so. After graduating as a professor, he will sleep for seven or eight hours, and he feels that his work efficiency has improved. There is no golden rule for working hours, just find a way of working that suits you.

8 months ago

Let’s talk about my situation at home and abroad separately. 1. When I was in China before the domestic time, I went to the laboratory at 8.30 every day, 3 hours in the morning, 3 hours in the afternoon, and took a walk in the evening to keep fit. I arrived at 3 hours in the evening. 11. Back to the dormitory at 00, this is just a basic arrangement based on literature when the usual scientific research tasks are not heavy. Of course, leaving it out during the day is effective and ineffective, and there may not be much time left to spend time doing chores. But when it comes to working on projects, changing papers, and adjusting procedures, I can stay in the laboratory until 5.00 in the morning, without sleepiness at all (cover my face). I think this reflects a certain life principle, which is a bit wrong, but I can’t tell you, if you know, you can tell me in the comments (cover your face). Because I found that the more I correct the mistakes, the more vigorous I am. On the contrary, I want to sleep when I read the literature in a comfortable and free way. In short, I am used to going to the laboratory every day to check in. Maybe the dormitory environment is not suitable for scientific research, or I want to talk to big guys. 2. Due to the epidemic situation abroad, most of the time I work at home now, starting at 9 in the morning, I am 3 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the afternoon, and 5 hours in the evening. It is not an exaggeration. Because the time difference between Belgium and Beijing is 7 hours, it is 5.00 in Belgium and 12.00 in the domestic evening. Everyone is basically asleep. After eating around 6.00, all the time is their own. Haha I am also very used to working at home. I don’t want to wipe my face every day, wear neatly and pack my things and go out. To tell the truth, now I find that home office hasn’t lost a bit of scientific research. When abroad, there are fewer people talking at home, and the efficiency is high. In short, the effective time will be 1-2 hours longer than that in China. The last selling point: Since you choose to study a Ph.D., there will be less complaints, more precipitation, less exaggeration, and more accumulation, I wish all PhD students can graduate successfully!

8 months ago

I don’t rush to work and rest, because efficiency is only fashionable. I feel that I still have a lot of time to do scientific research. I thought it would be easier to work at home when I returned to China. After all, I live a bit more comfortably and eat better. I didn’t expect it to be harder than when I was in the UK. Basically, it would be two days a day. use. I see my boss twice a week, almost three hours, so I try to make some progress every week, and it feels very good. For example, after meeting the boss this time, thinking that there are still 7 days to see the boss, I am very motivated. Sometimes there are two days to meet the boss, thinking that I can stay overnight, I think there are still three or four days. And there are a lot of ideas at present, I want to try everything, and I feel that these ideas are all workable, and recently not only discussed with the boss’s students, but also with the students in other directions to discuss what we did and what they did. I feel that there are many practical ideas to work on the connection between things. A few days ago on the high-speed rail, I had a WeChat voice call with a junior in the United States at three or four in the afternoon to discuss issues, and then returned home with the junior and Tsinghua students in the United Kingdom. A younger brother discussed the problem with zoom video, and after he was finished, he started to watch the discussion video again and count things. I didn’t feel that my high-intensity work during this period of time was inefficient. The previous project articles with the other two people were almost finished, and a large project that started in January also made the two most important cases. The following are those similar problems that are relatively simple in form, so I don’t worry much, just push the current technology in parallel. Too many ideas, too many things to try, not enough time.

8 months ago

I worked 180 hours a month in cleanroom for a while. But things like experiments are not busy every minute, and things like queuing and waiting for instruments will also consume some time. At night when I’m not in the cleanroom, I mostly do characterization experiments such as raman, xrd, xps in the material department, or think about the problems encountered in the experiment, think about how to solve them, or look at the paper in the office. Exercise two or three times a week, eat and drink with your friends two or three times at a time. If you like a movie, just watch a movie. Time flies

8 months ago

At the Bona meeting, I went to school at 9 o’clock as per the regulations at the earliest, and then slowly slackens up. Usually it’s 10 o’clock in the morning, processing emails and doing experiments, going out for dinner at around 12:30, returning at 2 o’clock and going to work, leaving get off work at 5-6 o’clock. . I was even more lazy during my graduation thesis two months, at 4:30 pm at 11 pm. Later, the paper was handed over to the boss for review. The boss spent a month. During that time, I was a really idle idler….Anyway, the boss is in another building. No one sees me when I go. Made things. I do experiments, process data, and write articles faster. I work short hours but often work more than others, so my boss doesn’t care. Instead, I often say that I am highly productive PhD in Medicine.

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