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

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


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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Key Insights

  • 🤔 Exercise is seen as an important part of the narrator's PhD journey, providing both thinking time and aiding in weight loss goals.
  • 🏃 Bluetooth headphones are recommended for runners to prevent cable tangling.
  • ⌛ Rewriting inversion software in Fortran brings significant time-saving benefits for the narrator.
  • 😒 Sublime Text 3 is highly recommended for coding, and the use of Latch, Mendeley, and Dropbox improves productivity in their PhD work.
  • 🥌 The narrator found the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" enjoyable but not great, with excellent humor but inconsistent tone and pacing.


so one of the many Advan of living an ex is the fact that when you want to go for a run like um this morning he gets run by the keyside in the river so exercise is kind of becoming more of an important part of my schedule recently I think partly it's just like a a way to think about the PHD not in the office because this is good thinking time but a... Read More

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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