Managing your workload

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One of the best things about undertaking a research degree is the intellectual independence of your work. However, this independence also means that you need to become your own manager. It requires self-discipline and effective strategies to ensure consistent progress in your research pursuit.

Staying in control of your research and writing throughout the whole research journey can be challenging. Fortunately, there are various strategies to help you successfully manage your workload and enhance productivity.

Effective ways to manage your workload


Keep in mind that productivity may vary from day to day. On days when you do not seem to accomplish anything, don’t stress out. Take a rest or opt for some mundane tasks, such as formatting your reference list or tidying up your computer’s file system. While these tasks may not appear “intellectual”, they still contribute meaningfully to your overall goal. And don’t forget to record these achievements in your Accomplishment list.


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