Win the HappyPhD Course!

It’s time for my yearly HappyPhD course giveaway!

If you know about the course and would like to win it: please enter.

If you don’t know about the course, find out more here.

I’ve been teaching the course for a couple of years now, at times slightly updating and improving the content, and there are a number of themes that keep cropping up:

Productivity

If you are feeling you aren’t as efficient as you’d like: the course will help. First step: getting out of distraction and overwhelm by creating routines that ensure your energy levels are high (enough) and you are calm and centred (again, as much as possible). Next step: creating a work routine that is highly efficient. I believe in working short, effective hours. It takes some experimentation, and some letting go of outdated ideas on how the brain, and mental productivity works, but it works. You are going to lose some of your PhD guilt. Promise.

Time

If you are pressed for time, either because you are looking at the calendar and your PhD deadlines are approaching much sooner than you’d like, or because you are one of those very tough (insane, I say with affection) people who combine a PhD with working a job and / or having a family, the course will help. It will help you set priorities as well as reduce the number of hours you need to spend on PhD work. Can’t work miracles, unfortunately, but I try.

Struggle

If for whatever reason you are struggling, the course may help. This may be PhD-related, say you have been burning the candle at both ends and are absolutely exhausted. Or it may be related to what I call: Pianos that fall from the sky. If you have been hit by a piano, the course may help by getting just that one small part of your life – your PhD – back on track. It’s a start.

Balance

Need to get out of your head? Need to stop over-analysing? Need the obsessing over your PhD/ what direction to take/ how to do it all/ to stop? The course will help. Redressing the balance between the mental and all other aspects of yourself is so needed in academic life. This part is the fun part. And truly useful part. Let’s use the analytical mind for what it’s good at, but not let it rule your life. Will help with decision-making. Will help with joy.

To Enter the GiveAway

I am giving away the self-study version of the course twice. To enter the competition please do the following:

Share this post on twitter. (Please include my Twitter handle _AJDavis so I am notified of your tweet),

Tweet: Time for a giveaway: Win the #HappyPhD Online Course http://ctt.ec/8179N+ #phd #phdchat via @_AJDavis

Click on the bird to Tweet

Or:

Share this post on Facebook (Best way: like and share my Facebook contest post. That way I can see it’s you.)

Then leave your details by clicking below. Submit. All done.

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The contest will be open for the month of September, and I’ll announce the winners shortly thereafter. Could you spread the word and share this post? Thank you, good luck and fingers crossed!

HappyPhD Contest 2014/ 2015

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The new academic year is approaching, and to celebrate I am giving away the HappyPhD self-study course twice!

To enter the competition just pop your name and email address in the box below. Also let me know who you are and why you’d like to take the course.

Then: please share the contest on Twitter and/ or like the HappyPhD Facebook page and share the contest post.

That’s it!

Tweet: Win the HappyPhD 6-week Online Course http://ctt.ec/3kH26+ ‎ via @_AJDavis #phdchat #HappyPhD Click on the bird to tweet about the contest (or create your own tweet, just make sure you insert the hashtag #HappyPhD and my Twitter handle so I can find your tweet).

And/or: like the HappyPhD page and share the HappyPhD Contest post on Facebook

 

The contest is now closed! Winners are: Nivek Thompson and Tamara Taggart

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I will be announcing the two winners at the end of September (contest closes Friday the 19th of September).

For more info on the course have a look at the HappyPhD page or Read Testimonials

Wishing you all the best for 2014/2015!

Amber

HappyPhD Contest

Start 2014 Right: Write your PhD in a couple of hours a day!

HappyPhD

To celebrate the new year I am giving away the HappyPhD self-study course twice. To enter the competition just pop your name and email address in the box below. Also let me know who you are and why you’d like to take the course. That’s it!

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! I will be announcing the two winners at the end of January. (Contest closes January 30!)

For more info on the course have a look at the HappyPhD page or Read Testimonials

Wishing you all the best for 2014!

Amber

Tweet: Write your PhD in a couple of hours a day: Win the HappyPhD Self-Study Course: http://ctt.ec/abEcH+  #phd #phdchat  via @_AJDavisClick on the bird to tweet about the HappyPhD Contest (chance to win a Bonus prize :))

 

Sorry! Contest is now closed

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Goodbye 2013

I am not sad to see the end of 2013 approaching. It’s been a difficult year. Just when I thought the worst of my health struggles were over, it all started anew this spring. It was no joke, and I have spent most of the year searching for answers, and visiting doctors at home and abroad. The good news: I have found answers. The bad news: it’s late-stage Lyme disease. I always thought Lyme was an acute illness that you got after a tickbite. That’s what most people, including doctors, think. But that’s only half the truth: in some cases the immune system manages to suppresses the disease until much later. That’s what happened to me. I went on a hiking holiday 18 years (!) ago, when I was bitten by several ticks. It wasn’t until 2007 that I fell seriously ill. (Just goes to show that I should never have left my natural habitat which is the city/ the library. I spent most of that holiday rolling off hills and steep slopes, having to be rescued by our hiking guide. I didn’t mind that last bit too much, but let’s just say it’s the first and last time I went hiking.)

So, presently I am looking into treatment options, and I am hoping 2014 will be the year in which I will make great strides back to health. The future looks brighter than my present situation, but unfortunately this is a chronic condition. Think months and years of intense treatment, not weeks. Many people relapse after treatment, or do not respond (fully) to treatment, so you can imagine I am not too happy to embrace this diagnosis. It’s a rough road ahead. That said, I have met quite a few people who have significantly improved with treatment so I live in hope.

But in any case, no matter what happens, I am determined to not let this disease take over my life. It’s similar to when I only had a couple of hours of energy a day, and finished my PhD anyway, a couple of years ago. If I could do it then, I can do it now. I have found that when the road ahead is too hard to contemplate, when past hurt and sorrows are close enough for their pain to be felt, and when the present is pretty damn painful too, the only way forward is to pay attention to those things that are going right.

And one of the things that went right in 2013 was the launch of the HappyPhD course. If you are one of the PhD students who took the course this year: Thank YOU!
I tremendously enjoyed working with you. In case you said something nice to me: just know that 2013 was a very good year to say something nice to me. Any kindness rather stood out, and will be remembered forever.

HappyPhD Contest

To celebrate the end of 2013, and get 2014 off to a good start I thought I’d hold a HappyPhD contest. For the new year I am giving away the HappyPhD self-study course twice. To enter the competition just pop your name and email address in the box below.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! I will be announcing the two winners mid-January.

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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