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Recap: #ECRchat on Health, Motivation, and Productivity, 28 March 2013

This chat was hosted by Katie Wheat, a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University. She can be found on Twitter as @KL_Wheat, and blogs at Life After Thesis. Here is her recap of the chat.

This week, the topic choices centred around the theme of healthy working practices and “healthy ways to stay motivated and productive” came out on top. It was clear throughout the chat that this is something many of us struggle with frequently. Though, it was also clear from the tips and advice shared that many of us have already put some very healthy routines and tactics in place, or at the very least, we know what we should be doing.

For me, this chat topic couldn’t have come at a better time. I have been struggling with low motivation and productivity for a while, and needed some inspiration to get me out of my rut. I certainly found it here! Since my restful long bank holiday weekend (taking breaks was a common tip during the chat), I have hit the pomodoros hard, and it seems to be working. I spent the first morning of pomodoros just planning and thinking, without the urge to sneak a peak at Twitter or Facebook mid-pomodoro. I am now armed with short and longer-term plans and to-do lists, so that I have a task to fit every time slot and energy level. If you want to know how it is done, check out this Storify for all of the expert advice provided by the attendees. As usual, there were far too many tweets and side-conversations to Storify the whole thing, but you can download the entire chat here #ECRchat_tweets_2013_03_28.pdf

Looking forward to chatting with you all again next time at our new time!


The next live #ECRchat will be on 11th February 2013, hosted by Nikola Bowden

IMPORTANT: The clocks have changed in opposite directions in Europe and Australia. Therefore, our chat times also have to change so that we stay in synch with each other.

UK chat time 11:00-12:00 (British Summer Time)

Europe chat time 12:00-13:00 (Central European Summer Time)

Australia chat time 20:00-21:00 (Eastern Standard Time).

For people in other timezones, the chat takes place at 10:00am-11:00am Universal Coordinated Time (UTC/GMT).



Postdoc in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, researching visual word recognition. Likes MEG, TMS, fMRI, reading, waffles, and motorbiking.

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