Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

The Transition Effect – the reason why we accumulate work and the cycle to solve the problem

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Reading Time: 3 minutes In a previous article, I reflected on what to do when work accumulates and suggested we be patient, value our efforts and keep our eyes on the goal. And recently, I read this article in Harvard Business Review explaining the accumulation of work as the result of a “transition effect.” In practice, our work accumulates […]

Struggling with time? Me too.

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Lately, I’ve been struggling with time. But it’s impossible to go against it because “he” doesn’t seem to stop. Time keeps moving forward, and all we can do is try to catch up. The challenge is to find the wave and the right way to surf it. Every task takes time. In some occasions, you […]

What can you do to overcome the crisis of accumulating research work

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Reading Time: 2 minutes How can you be productive when work accumulates, the need for scheduling meetings continues, plus some additional formation you’re asked to take, classes, thesis supervision, projects, family commitments and the list continues. You begin to list what to do, and soon realize you’re lost in what remains to do. You could procrastinate, and that is […]

What are the most essential tips for scientific writing?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes A few days ago, I received an email for Wiley Publishers pointing to a document containing 10 Essential writing tips for engineers. Some of those tips concern other aspects of a researcher’s presentation of his work – conferences, keynotes, tips for the slides, etc. -, which does not involve writing. However, there are three writing […]

How do you feel the day before a presentation?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Do you know the experience of having a presentation the next day and constantly dream about it? Do you succeed in your dreams or fail? I woke up today experiencing this. And I cannot tell whether I succeeded or failed. I only know that such experience is one of vulnerability. I usually deal with vulnerability […]

How do you plan your day?

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Reading Time: 3 minutes “What gets scheduled gets done.” – I love this sentence by Michael Hyatt because it synthesizes well the purpose of planning: getting things done. But have you ever experienced planning things and, afterward, it seems every day has a life of its own, stopping you from reaching your goals? I often experience this and started […]

Web-publish or social-perish

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Reading Time: 2 minutes In science, there is a famous saying about the need of putting your work out through scientific publications.   Publish or perish.   Otherwise, you won’t get promoted or given any other responsibilities which help you grow in your scientific career. This need of publishing is quite a challenge because producing scientific work that matters […]

Do you want a free scientific writing tool that counts?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s almost a crime if you don’t share with the world the knowledge you develop through scientific writing. But most of us feel the pressure of time to think through all the results and explain them, and the tendency to procrastinate becomes enormous. We should forget the most important thing: My first paper was for […]

Why writing goals helps improving your research

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Reading Time: 2 minutes If people who write their goals are accomplishing significantly more than those who don’t (says research), how does this works for researchers? The same. Writing goals might be more important than you think to achieve them. As a researcher and professor, I know my goals, but I’m not used to writing them. However, when you start supervising […]

How much is the unique view of a scientist reflected in his writing?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Recently, I received a review of a scientific article suggesting that I corrected grammatical errors such as “we observed” and “we evaluated”. First I thought these expressions were in the same sentence, but no. And no credible software pointed those expressions as grammatical errors. Why did the reviewer think of them as errors? And then […]