Time Management Strategies for Research Productivity

Jo Ana D. Chase, Robert Topp, Carol E. Smith, Marlene Z. Cohen, Nancy Fahrenwald, Julie J. Zerwic, Lazelle E. Benefield, Cindy M. Anderson, Vicki S. Conn

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Researchers function in a complex environment and carry multiple role responsibilities. This environment is prone to various distractions that can derail productivity and decrease efficiency. Effective time management allows researchers to maintain focus on their work, contributing to research productivity. Thus, improving time management skills is essential to developing and sustaining a successful program of research. This article presents time management strategies addressing behaviors surrounding time assessment, planning, and monitoring. Herein, the Western Journal of Nursing Research editorial board recommends strategies to enhance time management, including setting realistic goals, prioritizing, and optimizing planning. Involving a team, problem-solving barriers, and early management of potential distractions can facilitate maintaining focus on a research program. Continually evaluating the effectiveness of time management strategies allows researchers to identify areas of improvement and recognize progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-176
Number of pages22
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Time Management
  • efficiency
  • research productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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