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Further Reading

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Books on Productivity and Focus

David Allen, Getting Things Done

Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

Chris Bailey, Hyperfocus

James Clear, Atomic Habits

Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Stephen R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Carol Dweck, Mindset

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington, The 12 Week Year

Cal Newport, Deep Work

Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism

Steve Peters, The Chimp Paradox

Stephen Pressfield, The War of Art

Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness

Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism

Books on Academic Writing

Patrick Dunleavy, Authoring a PhD

Rowena Murray, How to Write a Thesis

Diana Ridley, The Literature Review

Helen Sword, Stylish Academic Writing

Larry Trask, The Penguin Guide to Punctuation

Journal Articles

Johnston, S., ‘Examining the Examiners: An Analysis of Examiners’ Reports on Doctoral Theses’, Studies in Higher Education, 22.3 (1997), 333–47.

Mark, Gloria, ‘The Cost of Interrupted Work: More Speed and Stress‘, CHI ’08: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 2008, 107-110.

Mullins, Gerry, and Margaret Kiley, ‘“It’s a PhD, Not a Nobel Prize”: How Experienced Examiners Assess Research Theses’, Studies in Higher Education, 27.4 (2002), 369–86.


The Thesis Whisperer (the original and the best blog about doing a PhD)

ThinkWell (planners, worksheets, and much more)

Patter (Pat Thomson’s blog)

Explorations of Style (blog about academic writing)

The Academic Phrasebank


BrainFocus (Pomodoro timer)

Focusmate (get someone to spy on you while you’re writing)


RescueTime (find out exactly how long you’re spending on Twitter)