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Writing a PhD? You have come to the right place!

I’m Amber Davis and I help people write their PhDs as efficiently and happily as possible. I believe productivity and self-care go hand in hand, especially so in the academic world. I teach an online course and provide coaching to help you reduce stress, increase your productivity, and boost your wellbeing.

I believe only one struggle should be at the heart of the PhD: the intellectual one. Yet as I know from my own experience, the intellectual struggle often isn’t the struggle that causes us headaches. It is the rest of it.

Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed and behind, and are spending long days staring at your screen without making much progress. Perhaps you are unsure whether your work is ‘good enough’, and ‘far enough ahead’ (whatever that means). Maybe you are stuck with a particular chapter or article. Or supervision has become increasingly fraught. There are always difficult stretches along the way. It is part of the process.

It is why I created The Stress-Free PhD 6-Week Programme, a productivity programme to help you optimise your workdays, reduce stress, gain focus, and move forward. It is based on the strategies I used to finish my own PhD in 2-3 hours a day (really), and everything I have learned working with PhDs and ECRs over the past years. Join me for 6 weeks of focus, productivity and self-care!

While you are here you can also read the blog, download the ZenAcademic Worksheet, and check out the other free resources.

Hello, I’m Amber Davis. Let me help you write a more inspired, more productive and happier PhD. Get started right now by downloading the ZenAcademic Worksheet below.

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COURSES & E-BOOKS

6-WEEK PROGRAMME

The Stress-Free PhD

Does your PhD need a boost? What if focus became a habit, and you could leave worry and PhD guilt behind? In this six-week course we will be developing essential productivity and self-care habits for a stress-free PhD.

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COACHING

Coaching Sessions

Feeling stressed, demotivated, or overwhelmed? Maybe your progress has come to a halt. Difficult stretches happen to everyone on the PhD path. I offer Skype coaching sessions to help.

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FREE E-BOOK

Finding Your
Academic Voice

My e-book Finding Your Academic Voice covers all the familiar topics: developing your core argument, research design, using the literature, finding your place in the field, the writing process. It just does it differently. Leave your email to download your copy.

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ENCOURAGING EMAILS

The Nudge

Does your academic workday seem to be never-ending? It doesn’t have to be this way. You can work shorter hours, get more done and feel better too. Sign up to receive a week of free daily email guidance to shorten your workday.

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BLOG

06/02/2018

How Are You Unwilling to Support Yourself? (And a story about Trump)

“Your basic worry is, of course, your PhD proposal. I wonder if you have made some progress in the meanwhile. Your trouble may be that you try too hard (‘do something really groundbreaking, brilliant and fascinating’). Life (real life) is not like that. However, no matter the topic you settle on, it will develop into something interesting once you get into it. You can’t expect life as a PhD to be a bed of roses…” Quoted from a letter my LSE mentor Gordon Smith sent me in 2005 (back when we still wrote letters!). During this time I was writing the first chapters of my PhD, or, more accurately, still figuring out what my PhD would be about.

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06/02/2018

Life (real life) is not like that

“Your basic worry is, of course, your PhD proposal. I wonder if you have made some progress in the meanwhile. Your trouble may be that you try too hard (‘do something really groundbreaking, brilliant and fascinating’). Life (real life) is not like that. However, no matter the topic you settle on, it will develop into something interesting once you get into it. You can’t expect life as a PhD to be a bed of roses…” Quoted from a letter my LSE mentor Gordon Smith sent me in 2005 (back when we still wrote letters!). During this time I was writing the first chapters of my PhD, or, more accurately, still figuring out what my PhD would be about.

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06/02/2018

How Are You Unwilling to Support Yourself? (And a story about Trump)

“Your basic worry is, of course, your PhD proposal. I wonder if you have made some progress in the meanwhile. Your trouble may be that you try too hard (‘do something really groundbreaking, brilliant and fascinating’). Life (real life) is not like that. However, no matter the topic you settle on, it will develop into something interesting once you get into it. You can’t expect life as a PhD to be a bed of roses…” Quoted from a letter my LSE mentor Gordon Smith sent me in 2005 (back when we still wrote letters!). During this time I was writing the first chapters of my PhD, or, more accurately, still figuring out what my PhD would be about.

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29/01/2018

Life (real life) is not like that

“Your basic worry is, of course, your PhD proposal. I wonder if you have made some progress in the meanwhile. Your trouble may be that you try too hard (‘do something really groundbreaking, brilliant and fascinating’). Life (real life) is not like that. However, no matter the topic you settle on, it will develop into something interesting once you get into it. You can’t expect life as a PhD to be a bed of roses…” Quoted from a letter my LSE mentor Gordon Smith sent me in 2005 (back when we still wrote letters!). During this time I was writing the first chapters of my PhD, or, more accurately, still figuring out what my PhD would be about.

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WORKSHEET

ZenAcademic Worksheet

Use the ZenAcademic worksheet to create your optimal workday. It will help you focus, prioritise, and get work done. It will also help you balance the stresses of academic life. Self-care included!
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