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50 creative ways to improve your wellbeing in academia

You often hear about well-being. But do you know what well-being definition is? Find out about 50 surprisingly easy ways to improve your well-being now!

When writing academic manuscripts, we need to present novel ideas, thoughts and discoveries.

As researchers and academics, we tend to have rather busy lives. This starts from the very beginning of your PhD programme – you want to push the boundaries of the knowledge so you must work hard and work a lot, right?

But let me ask you the following questions:

How often do you feel overwhelmed?

How often do you feel that your PhD doesn’t have sense?

How often do you take care of your wellbeing?

That’s right, the amount of work you put in doing your PhD can put a lot of stress on your wellbeing. As I discussed before, you can burn out by pushing too hard.

Do you wonder why wellbeing is important? Well, it’s fundamental to your sustainable motivation and work-life balance.

Therefore, here I share 50 ways in which you can improve your wellbeing!

How to avoid plagiarism in your research?

Are you worried that you unintentionally plagiarise someone? Learn about techniques and tools that will help you avoid plagiarism in your research!

When writing academic manuscripts, we need to present novel ideas, thoughts and discoveries.

But to ensure that the readers of your work understand what you’re talking about, you need to provide them with relevant context and background that presents the current state-of-the-art in your field.

From the discussions I had with you, I’ve realised that many of you are worried about plagiarism and want to know how to avoid plagiarism in your writing.

I’ve decided to share some of my thoughts on what you should pay attention to when writing. I trust these will help you to avoid unintentional plagiarism.

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How to motivate yourself when writing a research article

Do you hate writing and leave it to the last minute? Read more about efficient ways that will help you stay motivated when writing a research article!

Academic writing is a key skill that we, as academics and researchers, need to have in our skillset to efficiently communicate our research.

It’s one of the fundamental activities you do, regardless of the career stage.

At the early stage of your career, you’ll mostly use academic writing to disseminate your research via research articles in journals and to write your dissertation – the cumulative point of your PhD degree!

At the later stage of your career, you’ll still be writing and editing research articles, and you’ll most likely need to apply for research funding to sustain your research group.

So you see – writing, especially writing research articles, is a crucial skill that you should develop at the early stage of your career to succeed in academia.

Yet, so many of us hate writing.

How to write an outstanding abstract for your research paper?

Did you know that an abstract is the most important part of your research paper? Learn how to write an abstract and increase engagement with your research!

Have you heard that an abstract is one of the most important elements of your research paper?

I want you to remind yourself of the time when you search for papers to support your research. Ask yourself the following question – what information you read first?

Yes, that’s right – you usually decide whether the research paper is useful for your research based on the title and abstract alone.

Only after the abstract catches your interest, you read the full paper.

You can see the abstract of your research paper as an opportunity to showcase the best aspects of your research and encourage your readers to go through the entire article to find out more.

I know we’re usually not taught how to sell and market our work during our PhDs, which is a real shame if you ask me. But it’s something you can learn using the process for developing habits I discussed some time ago.

Essentially the purpose of an abstract is similar to the sales pitch. The abstract is your opportunity to get your readers hooked and convince them that your work is relevant for them.

And remember, depending on the journal or conference, you’ve got about 100-300 words to convey your message!

So how do you write outstanding abstract for research paper?

How to develop good habits for a successful academic career in 5 easy steps?

Wonder how to develop good habits? By building good habits early in your career, you will succeed in academia. Here are 5 easy steps you can use today!

Our habits are responsible for a large fraction of our daily decisions, behaviours and actions.

For example, think about what you do in the very first second after you wake up? Do you pick up your phone, go have a coffee/breakfast or go for a walk or run?  

Have you ever thought about why you do it in the first place? Is this something you decided to do before you fell asleep or you do it every day unintentionally? The latter represent your habits and these can be good and bad ones.

5 bad habits that you must ditch to become motivated academic

Have you developed bad habits that deteriorate your performance and motivation? Find out how you can ditch bad habits and become motivated academic!

Did you know that the habits you develop at the early stage of your development as an academic can make or break your academic career?

Why?

It’s because it’s relatively easy to pick up bad habits, while it’s substantially more challenging to ditch them.

And bad habits can drain your energy, diminish your productivity, and prevent you from staying motivated to solve the challenges, especially when you hit an obstacle.

For example, at the early stage of my formation as a researcher, I became an email slave. It wasn’t just a tool. I become obsessed with checking my email and was responding to every email right after it arrived in my mailbox. And I was doing this 24/7…

The result?

I got distracted from my research and had to stay up late to complete all my tasks. A not really great example of the work-life balance!