Effective Time Management Strategies for Conducting Laboratory Research

  • Evie CarchmanEmail author
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


Time is a precious commodity for those conducting basic science research. For surgeon-scientists, effective time management is an important skill to master. This includes detailed, advanced planning of experiments for the day, week, month, and beyond. Efficient collection of data will not only provide preliminary data for grant proposals, but will allow for timely publication of results, proper utilization of personnel and funds, fulfillment of commitments, and the establishment of balance—to the extent possible—between work and life outside the laboratory. Ineffective time management can delay your academic advancement, increase personal stress, and decrease personal satisfaction. Instead of trying to create more time in a day, or more days in a week, effective time management allows us to use our time wisely.


Time management Organization Prioritization Productivity Efficiency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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