Apps I use in my PhD | Life as a PhD student #12 | Summary and Q&A

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May 3, 2017
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Apps I use in my PhD | Life as a PhD student #12

TL;DR

The content discusses the importance of exercise and weight loss in the narrator's PhD journey, as well as their experience with coding software and productivity tools.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Why is exercise becoming increasingly important in the narrator's PhD schedule?

Exercise provides thinking time outside the office and helps with their weight loss goals for the upcoming summer.

Q: How was the narrator's experience with running a 10k?

Though not their fastest performance, they didn't prioritize speed and were also aching from a previous swimming session with their girlfriend.

Q: What software does the narrator use for coding in their PhD?

The narrator uses Sublime Text 3 for coding, Latch for writing their thesis, mendeley for bibliography management, and Dropbox for code storage and version control.

Q: What other productivity tools does the narrator use?

They have tried using Todoist for to-do lists and the Pomodoro Technique app for time management. They also utilize Slack for communication within their research group.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The narrator emphasizes the significance of exercise as part of their PhD schedule, both for thinking time and weight loss goals.

  • They go for a 10k run and highlight the benefits of using Bluetooth headphones for a tangle-free experience.

  • The narrator discusses rewriting inversion software in Fortran, its advantages, and their experience with coding in the language.

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