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5 tips to improve your postdoc productivity.
2. Ask smart questions and make detailed research plans You are in charge of your project. Now is the time to ask yourself: What tools, knowledge and skills do I need? How much time do I need to finish this and move forward? Is this a time for collaborations? What papers should I read? What support do I need from my PI? Answering these questions will help you make detailed plans and avoid wasting time. Watching video articles published by your lab (or other related labs) will also help you conduct your research methods efficiently and effectively.
3. Balance your work and life You have a lot to do as a postdoc. Try to maintain a healthy and balanced life; this will be crucial for your work performance. Eat timely meals, get enough sleep, nurture your hobbies and exercise regularly. Good physical and mental health will keep you efficient and productive.
5. Plan your next career move The postdoc stage is temporary, and you need to know what you want to do next in your career. If your next goal is to be a professor, start preparing your CV, research plan, and recommendation letters to apply for faculty positions. If your next goal is to work in a non-academic field, communicate with your PI and create a timeline to prepare for it, step by step. Once you know your next goal, you will be confident, and as a result, be more productive.
Realizing the differences between being a qualified Ph.D. candidate and being a qualified postdoc is the key. As a postdoc, you need to not only conduct your research, but you also need to adapt to a new environment and plan your future career in a short time. The expectation for postdocs is usually higher than that for graduate students but it is this challenge that will prepare you for the work and life you seek, either inside or outside academia.
By Jialan Zhang, Ph.D.JOVE. Accessed: July 19, 2019.