Researcher Renew

Welcome to #ResearcherRenew 2020!

January’s traditionally a time for making resolutions, starting new projects, and quitting bad habits. But unsurprisingly many of our good intentions rarely make it past the first few weeks of the year. And sometimes the pressure to make change leaves us feeling anxious rather than empowered.

Instead of giving you lots more work and loads more worries, January’s #ResearcherRenew is aimed at leaving you feeling stronger, happier and better able to face the year to come.

What to expect…

Every few days across January I’ll share a post designed to help you:

  • feel calmer and more confident
  • reflect on your achievements
  • plan and structure your work
  • look forward to the next twelve months

Within each post will be reflections and suggestions you may use as a one-off activity or link together as a self-directed course. It may be some ideas are more relevant to you than others; and it’s fine to skip ones that don’t apply or spend longer on the ones you enjoy.

Make sure you check in to this blog regularly throughout the month so you don’t miss out on any posts!

You can join in with others undertaking January’s Researcher Renew on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ResearcherRenew (you can find me on Twitter @drpetra and Insta @petraboynton). Or share your ideas in the comments here!

Many of the activities introduced here are covered in more detail in The Research Companion: a practical guide for those in the social sciences, health and development and you may want to use this to steer your work in the coming year.

I’m looking forward to us spending the next month together. And hoping this is a year that’s kind to you and brings you wonderful things.

Let’s begin with something nice and simple. Your task is to pick one song that inspires you. Something you sing when you feel stressed or anxious, or play when you want to get motivated. Share it on the hashtag #ResearcherRenew and let’s create a playlist of happy to be the soundtrack of our year.

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