Increasing productivity: getting things done

Areas of interest

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Dear all

Thank you for your responses to the survey letting us know what topics you would like to see covered in the blog. So far you have highlighted the following topics:

* increasing productivity/overcoming procrastination
* increasing concentration and memory
* maintaining motivation
* communication with supervisors
* balancing research with work/personal life
* dealing with perfectionism
* preparing for confirmation of registration/viva

If you haven’t had a chance to let us know what topics you are interested in, here is  link to the survey.
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ABOUT

Dear Doctoral researcher,

I am Alicia and I am working with the Graduate School to provide you with information on topics such as how to increase productivity, motivation, concentration and memory, as well as managing academic pressure, improving sleep and strengthening resilience to cope with the challenges of your doctoral research.

I will cover a range of topics about the learning process and personal development to build academic confidence and resilience while maintaining your health and wellness. The aim is to increase understanding of what are the factors that contribute to effective learning and self-management, and provide strategies to add to your toolkit so you can optimise your academic potential and derive a sense of fulfilment from achieving your aims.
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Welcome: Settling in

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To all new doctoral researchers welcome to the University of Reading, and hello to those of you who are continuing with your studies.

Those of you who are continuing with your doctoral research will have been dedicated to your research, and will be making progress in the year ahead.  Although you are familiar with your environment and with the nature of your research, you are likely to deal with some challenges as you navigate more complex aspects of your research.
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Strategies to manage the transition into your doctoral research

Develop healthy routines:

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Starting your doctoral research will require a lot of energy to focus on new material and develop new skills.

Your brain will be busy processing new information and learning about new ways of working. Your whole body will experience changes as it adapts to your new environment and new routine.
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