Becoming a Productive Academic Writer

How to write a lot without getting stressed out
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Why take this course?

Are you an academic feeling stressed out because of the increasing demands placed upon you to work harder and produce more?

If so, you are not alone. The intense pressure of graduate, post-doctoral study, and early-career academia leading to mental health problems is now well-known.

Publish or perish!

It is well known that writing productivity is a key factor for success in academia.

Yet, there is lack of support and structured guidance available to many academics seeking to achieve sustained and steady levels of writing productivity.

Based on a synthesis of research on faculty development as well as business and time management strategies, this course addresses the key writing challenges and various kinds of resistances experienced by academics wanting to be successful with their scholarly output, and presents proven strategies to overcome them.

How is this course structured?

  • Section 1 introduces you to the course and the various topics covered
  • Section 2 examines the writing challenges often reported by academics and dismantles the writing myths
  • Section 3 reveals some major self-imposed limiting beliefs such as perfectionism and the accompanying “inner critic”, and some key strategies to do away with them
  • Section 4 introduces the idea of setting S.M.A.R.T. writing goals and creating To-Do lists to overcome academic writing procrastination and frustrations in dealing with complex writing projects
  • Section 5 teaches you the most important writing productivity advice (i.e., write daily). It is further expanded upon with time management strategies such as the Pomodoro technique and ways of tracking one’s writing progress
  • Section 6 discusses how external and internal distractions can interfere with our writing productivity and offers implementable solutions to eliminate distractions
  • Section 7 wraps up the course

What are the requirements?

  • A desire to improve your writing productivity and sustain it long-term.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Overcome procrastination in writing
  • Replace negative self-talk with positive reinforcement
  • Dismantle common myths about writing
  • Say goodbye to perfectionism and start writing freely
  • Set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Tangible (S.M.A.R.T.) writing goals
  • Use writing to stimulate your critical thinking
  • Use freewriting to write a lot and produce the messy first draft quickly
  • Develop a weekly plan and daily To-Do lists that gives top priority to writing
  • Monitor your daily writing output to improve your productivity
  • Use an accountability mechanism suited for your to overcome feelings of isolation, shame, and imposter syndrome
  • Make you more productive and disciplined

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for anyone whose career depends on writing a lot, such as students, researchers, post-docs, and faculty members. This course is probably not for you if you are looking to learn how to write with grammatical precision, form proper sentence structures, etc.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
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Section 1: Introduction
Welcome, let us get started right away!
Why do you want to be a productive academic writer?
The productive writer blueprint: keys to success
Take Action: Application Exercise 1
Section 2: Identify your writing challenges
Identify your biggest challenges and resistances to writing
Traits of productive academic writers: busting common writing myths
Take Action: Application Exercise 2
Section 3: Overcome your limiting beleifs
Perefectionism out: secret sauce of productive writing
Realism in: some simple tips to do away with perfectionism
Quiet, please: silence your inner critic
Take Action: Application Exercise 3
Section 4: Plan your writing and prevent frustration
Set S.M.A.R.T. writing goals
Create your daily To-Do lists
Take Action: Application Exercise 4
Section 5: Harness the power of good writing habits
Write daily
When to write?
Use freewriting
Time your writing: The Pomodoro Technique
Be accountable: how to make writing a social activity?
Take Action: Application Exercise 5
Section 6: Eliminate distractions
How to avoid online distractions?
Get internal focus and calmness
Take Action: Application Exercise 6
Section 7: What have you learnt?
What have you learnt?
Section 8: BONUS
Downloadable PDF: 7 Anti-Procrastination Strategies for Academic Writers
Downloadable PDF: How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Writing Goals?
Downloadable PDF: The Art of Balancing Coursework and Research

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Instructor Biography

The Productive Academic, Academic Productivity Resources

The Productive Academic - we provide the tools and techniques to help you achieve academic learning, writing, research, and teaching productivity - whether you are a student, researcher, or junior faculty member.

Our approach to peace-and-productivity includes practical tips and proven strategies to overcome perfectionism, procrastination, and other self-limiting beliefs that hamper academic productivity.

Here is what students, professors, entrepreneurs, and professional book reviewers are saying about our recent books, The Productive Academic Writer and Efficient Book Writing (by Dr. K. Gopalakrishnan):

"A quick read, and highly recommended for all academic and other writers!"

"If you have had the intention to write something, but you have not been able to achieve your goal, The Productive Academic Writer will explain why you haven´t and what you can do to make your intentions a reality."

"This is a must read for any aspiring writer"

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