The best time management strategy for medical researchers

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Are you often overwhelmed by how much you have to do as a medical researcher?

When I propose to researchers that they should build a consortium, I sometimes get the answer "I don't have the time to do that."

Since you cannot increase the number of hours in a day, If you want to increase the amount of time you have you have to be more productive. 

Productivity is the ratio of output volume to work input.

If you are satisfied with your current level of research output volume, you can find more time by increasing your productivity.

Peter Sterk, the coordinator of the U-BIOPRED consortium said that being involved in U-BIOPRED doubled his research productivity.

While it may take some more effort upfront to establish, the time and resource you invest in building a consortium will pay off.

It should not be about just any output. It should be outputs that are the most important to you. 

If you are like most in medical research, what you want is to make a real difference in the lives of individuals suffering from disease.

Research consortia are about combining effort and expertise to achieve together what you could not on your own.

It is difficult if not impossible to make a real difference in medical research on your own.

You are much more likely to make a real difference in an effective consortium.

Thus, if you are feeling overwhelmed and do not have the time to achieve what you really want to achieve, investing effort, and resource into developing consortium projects is the best time management strategy.

Scott Wagers

"The Consortium Whisperer" Physician and researcher who has spent the last 12 years engaged in developing biomedical R&D consortia, as well as designing and supporting the delivery of consortium based projects.

No matter who you are, you can, and you should innovate through consortia. They are the only way to make a big difference to the future of medicine. Want to find out how? Get in touch.