A number of people have asked me some version of the following question:
So what do you actually do on a day to day basis?
Good question!, I always tell them. It seems that people have a lot of general ideas about what PhD students do, but people don't have a great idea of what that looks like on a day to day basis. I've taken the liberty to put the information down here.
Generally, I'd categorize my work time into 4 different categories: coursework (teaching as well as taking courses), research, general learning, and random administrative stuff. (Note: I'm doing a PhD in marketing, so my description here is going to be somewhat specific to business PhDs. For instance, my colleagues doing PhDs in clinical psychology, on top of what's written here, perform many hours of clinical work.)
Any one day is generally a combination of these elements.
Thanks for reading!