Becoming a Productive Academic Writer
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Becoming a Productive Academic Writer

How to write a lot without getting stressed out
3.9 (4 ratings)
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • A desire to improve your writing productivity and sustain it long-term.

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
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.
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
4 Lectures 12:56

The productive writer blueprint: keys to success

Take Action: Application Exercise 1
Identify your writing challenges
3 Lectures 13:57
Identify your biggest challenges and resistances to writing

Traits of productive academic writers: busting common writing myths

Take Action: Application Exercise 2
Overcome your limiting beleifs
4 Lectures 31:37
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
Plan your writing and prevent frustration
3 Lectures 24:43
Set S.M.A.R.T. writing goals

Create your daily To-Do lists

Take Action: Application Exercise 4
Harness the power of good writing habits
6 Lectures 32:06
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
Eliminate distractions
3 Lectures 14:02
How to avoid online distractions?

Take Action: Application Exercise 6
What have you learnt?
1 Lecture 08:33
What have you learnt?
3 Lectures 00:15
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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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.

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