Hacks for managing multiple research projects?
November 13, 2010 11:02 AM Subscribe
What are your tips and tricks for sustaining momentum and focus during longer-term research and writing projects?
posted by oinopaponton to education (6 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a graduate student, and I'm currently working on three separate long research papers. I've written long papers before, but not three important ones at once. I'm very into in my topics, all of which I'm planning to draw on for my dissertation further down the road, so I have a vested interest in doing a really solid job on all three. But! I'm having some trouble sustaining momentum and planning my workflow. I'm still on the reading/outlining stage for all three, but want to start writing within the next couple of weeks.
I already have Endnote, which I find sort of useful for organizing my separate bibliographies, FreeMind, which is helpful for brainstorming, Mendeley, which isn't very useful right now because my sources are almost exclusively physical books, and EverNote, which seems like it should be useful but hasn't really blown me away yet.
If you've planned out multiple projects at once, organized and processed lots and lots of sources (some of which overlap), and not driven yourself crazy doing it, I'd love to hear suggestions. I find visual learning aids (timelines, mind-maps, etc) helpful, but am open to other methods, digital or physical, intended for academics or not.