Is it time for some new year’s research resolutions?

Sometimes I set myself a new year’s resolution, sometimes I don’t.  This makes me fairly typical, according to Statistic Brain‘s summary of new year’s resolution statistics.  I’m also typical in that the resolutions I make usually relate to leading a more healthy lifestyle and, unfortunately, in that sooner or later I’ll fail to stick to them (a life devoid of chocolate is just too much to ask).

chocolate cupcakePerhaps I’d be more successful if my resolutions were related to work?  Simon Williams has come up with five resolutions for early career researchers. Being healthier tops his list (specifically, achieving a good work-life balance) with making new friends (networking), learning new things (training and development), getting organized and falling in love (with your research) in there too.

But if I really want to succeed then Jonah Lehrer in the Wall Street Journal tells me that I shouldn’t set myself too many resolutions at once – my prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain apparently responsible for willpower) simply won’t cope.  But it is better to have a resolution than not, because without one, I’m much less likely to meet my goals (Norcross et al., 2002).

So think about your own research resolutions – and if there’s anything we can do to help then just get in touch.

Photo credit: mnemosyne888 on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Posted on January 2, 2014, in Support and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. My research resolution for 2014 is to finally submit to journals some of the 20 part-written manuscripts that have been hanging around for a long time! I’ll report back in January 2015 as to how I get on…. 🙂 HNY!

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