How graduate students can stay productive working from home
While we are all feeling challenged by the uncertainty in response to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), that challenge can be multiplied if you have to put our research/data collection “on pause”.
Are there ways to stay productive and not sidetracked? Yes!
Tips for staying productive as you work from home
- Self-care – now more than ever, take the time to do what keeps you energized. Find ways to stay healthy – exercise, FaceTime with family/friends, spend time with fuzzy friends.
- Work on your manuscript – maybe now is the time to work on the literature review, your introduction or write out the methods section.
- Write a review article – could also help you with framing your introduction
- Learn to code – is there a programming language/skill that could help you with data analysis later? Now may be the time. Some may even be available in CareerEdge as LinkedIn Learning modules such as LaTeX, R, Python.
- Draft articles – have plans to publish? Create a draft template to fill in later when your data are finalized.
- Network with colleagues – they may be in the same situation and would welcome the opportunity to connect online.
- Set up experiments – on paper. Create a checklist that will help you when you get back in the lab.
- Visualize your data – making pretty figures/tables/charts takes time. Now you have it.
- Test your time management skills – do you have a schedule that blends focus with breaks?
- Keep it real – there are very real circumstances keeping you away from your lab/research. You are not responsible for them. Focus on what you can do and give yourself a break on what you can’t.
And last but not least, print out the full-size poster that includes tips from Dr. Zoe Ayres (previewed below) and hang it next to your working from home situation to remind yourself of all of the above.