A Researcher’s Lifestyle


Research is a process that demands a lot of time. Typically, it’s a concoction of reading, writing, some coffee maybe, discussions, experiments. Basically, it is fewer hours of sleep and more cups of coffee. Disappointments and failures are inevitable while learning and venturing the novel. However, with time a researcher becomes more familiar with the knowledge that underpins his/her subject.

Unlike a 9-5 job, most researchers constantly think about the problem at hand. From problem identification to analyzing, designing and implementing solutions; from getting funds to publishing papers and articles, most of them are based on their volitions. The battle between anxiety and the hope to get a positive outcome is here to stay.

A common notion that research is a way of living rather than a regular job is debatable.

There is no doubt that a researcher is involved in a broad spectrum of activities at his/her workplace. This often leaves very little or no personal space beyond work. Be it handling work pressures, or health implications, or lack of funding opportunities, or striving to strike a balance between work life and social life, most of the researchers find it difficult to achieve the standard of living they desire.

However, another school of thought believes a researcher’s passion for work surpasses other things in life. The drive to work for humanity or solely for the love of it despite the challenges makes research an exciting job.

Perhaps, our work culture demands ‘productivity’ more than ‘quality’. Working harder and for extended hours may lead to good incremental contributions rather than ground-breaking solutions.

While some researchers choose to work this way, some manage to cope with multitasking at or beyond work. Ultimately it depends upon one’s priorities in life and allocating appropriate time based on the requirement. Acquiring good organizational skills especially in the field of research is inevitable.



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