I’m lucky enough to have a personal workspace on campus and I’ve tried to take advantage of that – treating my PhD work like a full-time job.
I try to stick to a Monday-Friday working week, getting into my office at about 8:30 each morning and staying until about 6-7 each evening. My desk is in a room with about 10 other PhD students. We are all in the same faculty (Media and Communication), but our research areas vary greatly. A lot of the other PhD researchers are animators, so they have already come to my aid with my computer issues, as they know a lot more about that than I do!
Once I’m in the office, I read textbooks and articles for most of the day, making notes as I go.
In addition to my literature review work, I might have a PhD workshop to attend, or sometimes we’ll go to a talk given by an academic about their research.
The freedom to set my own working routine is great, but it can also be a challenge. It’s difficult to know when you’ve done ‘enough’ for the day. I’ve tried to solve this problem by setting targets and sticking to them: I choose about 4 or 5 things from my on-going to-do list each day, and if I achieve those, I know I’m on track. Find whatever works best for you, but I would strongly recommend keeping a record of what you’re doing each day, to prevent any feelings of guilt that you should have done more.