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5 ways how to use templates to save you time and make you a better academic

In academia, we struggle for time, every – single – day. Even if you are great with planning, some things just come up as unexpected opportunities or surprise projects. You may have no choice but embrace them and incorporate them into your busy schedule.
In these situations, it is important to find some additional time where there is none. But how to do it without compromising the quality of your work or your sleep or family life? Let me offer you some help with TEMPLATES. Preparing templates for the things you do repeatedly can be a solution you need. So let me offer you some examples on how to make your life easier, and save you some time. I believe that the things you repeatedly do or are less important can and should be reduced, to make time for the things that truly matter. Let’s go!

Traditional academic career paths are over

The career path in science of being a student, grad student, postdoc, lecturer, professor and then retired professor is over. Sometimes even at the same university. Nowadays, this pathway is interrupted by periods of work for an industry or entrepreneurial endeavoures. Some of the stages of traditional pathway are doubled, or even tripled. This is especially true for postdocs, with more and more junior academic positions requiring you to finish 2-3 postdocs before applying.

A spiral of research process

Research process for me goes in a spiral manner through these (or similar) stages: you gather what you already know (make assumptions), you hypothesize, you test the hypothesis, analyse results, critically appraise them, apply the results, adjust or change the assumptions, and repeat. Science therefore, is an iteration-based process.

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