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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.

where to find motivation to write a phd

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 overcome writer’s block in your PhD?

Writer’s block can significantly delay, or even derail, your research project. Find out about the tools that can help you overcome writer’s block!

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Stephen King

Do you enjoy writing?

I noted that many researchers usually consider writing as the least exciting part of doing research, usually dedicating too little time to this important activity in their research project.

After all, you’ve done your experiments or derived a new mathematical model that helps to solve a specific challenge.

This is truly the most electrifying part of your work as you’ve pushed the boundary of knowledge. Well done!

But what’s the actual value of your discovery if you don’t share it with others?

Although there are many ways to share your research (remember to check out our free ebook!), writing down your research is still the main way to do so.

9 best research tools to supercharge your writing and data analysis

Writing an academic paper is a combination of art and science. Master it, and you will hold a powerful weapon in your hand that will help you to succeed in your career.

As a research-active academic, research scientist or PhD researcher, you will be expected to write a lot – from research proposals, through reports for funders and sponsors, through our popular research articles.

If you enjoy writing and analysing data, doing research can be heaven!