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Qualities of a Productive Researcher

Updated on May 10, 2020
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Ranjan is a market research professional and he works as an independent researcher for many clients from the US and Europe.

What is Productivity?

The basic concept of productivity is "a way to measure efficiency." With minimal time and energy, it's getting the results you expect. When you're struggling to work out ways to be successful, what you're actually looking for is a way to accomplish your targets so you have time to focus on what matters.

University or any other academic system will not teach you these 9 secret powers of productivity. Of course, you can get knowledge of these stuff but nobody will teach you about productivity.

Academics are only professionals whose job it is to seek, to discover the right and most reliable means of learning. In an era where everyone can make some claim of truth and knowledge on the Web and lead others to believe it, the art of finding our best forms of learning and distinguishing facts from fiction is important to all, not just scholars.

Being Busy and Being Productive!

Frantic work
Focused work
Prioritize about short term goals
Prioritize about long term goals
Working harder
Working Smarter
Fueled by Perfectionism
Fueled by purpose
Good at everything
Great at few things
Multitasking and Shallow work
Sticking to single task and engaging in deep work

What is Research Productivity?

Productivity is a crucial measure of success in every development system. The concept of research productivity as the number of publications per researcher, separating it from effects, seems to have become a standard in bibliometric.

Research is complicated, and many scientists are managing several tasks at the same time. Feeling exhausted will leave you blankly looking at your to-do list, unable to determine what to do next. You can find yourself defaulting on completing small tasks and other types of boredom.

That's why productivity is down.

And we all know of the great scientists who seem to have just done something.

How are they doing it?

We all just want to do that. Yet there are certain things that you can do to increase your productivity in research right now.

Here are the top 9 research-backed secrets about how to increase your productivity!!!

1. Setting short term meaningful goals

Having goals allows you to determine where you want to move with your research. In understanding just what you intend to do, you realize where you need to focus and put your efforts. You'll quickly spot the obstacles that will, too easily, drive you astray.

Having goals gives you long-term vision and short-term inspiration. It builds on your skills development and lets you manage your time and resources so that you can make the most of your research.

Setting short term goals may lead to self-discipline consistent and made you goal-oriented. Get fix with short goals instead of setting Long term goals.

Start to set your goals!!

2. Clean your Work Desk and Clear your Mind

A clean, tidy, and hygienic workplace is important if you and your Research partner want to remain productive and comfortable.

Your workspace is a snapshot of what is happening within it and the people that are working there.

We have mentioned below a few simple ways to change your workplace to remove some of those negative effects.

  • If it's not required – Throw it out.
  • Cover the Wires and Chargers on your workplace
  • Recycle the things if it is required
  • The tidy desk decreases the clutter.

Unorganized and hoarding objects have negative consequences, which can create tension when making decisions, according to the journal Psychology Today. This also reduces our ability to focus and magnifies clutter-related negative emotions.

3. Priorities Organize & Schedule

Time is one of the most important things in the world we do have. It is a tool, which is important but sadly limited. The ability to manage time properly is a must in this increasingly frenzied and fast-paced environment.

Time management is important if you want to accomplish your goals and get your job done. Time management comes with scheduling, preparing, and setting goals.

Prioritizing your research work is quite a difficult task. You need to figure out what stuff you need to do first. It's a critical process so it will be less difficult to coordinate and schedule once you get used to it. When you know how to effectively manage and prioritize your workload, you'll learn to be more successful and productive.

How do you schedule your work, and arrange it? Which are your priorities? There is no answer, whether it is right or wrong? to those questions. The way that you do something is basically up to you. People are special and what works for you might not work for anyone else. There are many tips to help you organize your work and several of them answer concerns regarding your time management skills

  • Make your To-Do list
  • Rank your To-Do list
  • Post your To-Do list somewhere you can always see it.
  • Note your Responsibilities – Write some bullet points to make you remember
  • Avoid Unnecessary Conversation
  • Set realistic Deadlines.
  • Put away Distractions.

4. Focus on goals

Make sure the ambitions are SMART: Precise, Tangible, Workable, Practical, and Time-bound.

When you're utilizing a successful scheduling method, you'll always realize which portion of the day you intend to perform the job. But to get the function represented in the most efficient manner, measure it.

Successful researchers quantify the Goals often to motivate themselves.

How to Focus?

Our attention spans dwindle, but the concentration is a muscle you can develop if you're working on it.

According to a 2015 report by Microsoft, the average person has an eight-second attention span – less than that of a goldfish. Thanks to our digital connectivity, and the fact that the brain is constantly searching for what's new and what's next, the amount has shrunk over the years.

So what do you do when you need to focus on work – and not what moves around you? The first and most critical path to rising emphasis for most people is to change the way you see it.

It's important to set up an atmosphere with a mixture of attitudes and resources that fosters concentration. Here are tips to get rid of distractions and pay attention to what you have to do:

  • Prepare your brain, Take one or two minutes to sit in a relaxed position and breathe deeply into your belly. This helps you to concentrate.
  • Understand where your focus needs to be, focus also means an understanding of what is worth distracting.
  • Unplug for 30 minutes from all social media and Emails
  • Check the thermostat, if your work environment is too hot or too cold it could have an effect on your concentration.
  • Take short breaks in between
  • Doodle, this helps you to remember the things.

5. Choose perfect Accountability partner

Getting held responsible makes you stick to your objectives and remain inspired to reach them. Some of the easiest reasons to be effective are to have an accountability partner.

Do you have a loyal and helpful colleague? Cool then!

Promise them that you can document one paragraph of your thesis a day, and ask them to review your results. You don't want to let a buddy down, but you're going to wind up functioning more effectively and less procrastination.

6. Eat the frog

Altmetric's Natalia Madjarevic advises "eating a frog" first thing every day – that is, completing the hardest challenge directly after beginning work, so that you can open up the remainder of the day for more fun and simpler activities.

This custom is focused on the premise that many people in the morning have the most time and creativity.

7. POMODORO Techniques

If you need to get through a tiring and tedious activity (one that you can't program, for example), using the POMODORA technique.

Set a timer for 25 minutes, then stick to focusing on this activity only for the next 25 minutes without any distractions. Then take a 5-minute rest. Repeat 3 sets of 25 minutes of focus and 5 minutes of rest, then take a longer rest to clear the brain.

9. Read Scribble notes

You know just how important it is to periodically take notes. Each day you make an attempt to catch the thoughts.

Write a few bullet points at the end of each research paper that summarizes what you have read, and make it personal if you can — that is, relate it to other related research work.

These scribble notes can look like trash, but you want to know there will be plenty to remember.

Watching yourself productive in a string of days where you're achieving your targets can be quite satisfying yes!

I believe this works, and though you don’t have the same outcomes which others get definitely this will boost your productivity of research.

8. Speed Reading

Do you want to skip the content and hunt for the precise bit of information?

Use Speed Reading!!

If you don't learn how to speed faster, ask yourself how to read faster. Such an ability would be essential if you need to rapidly rip through vast volumes of data.

  • Hold a new glance at work through researching and reviewing a lot more. Set aside time in your schedule on a weekly basis to read, study journal articles, and/or contribute to reading the article on a regular basis.
  • Even Reading only the Abstract can help you to understand the whole research because abstract contains the main 5 elements of research such as Aim, Introduction, Methodology, Results & discussion, and conclusion.
  • While reading this will make you understand the research paper.


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