Early Career Researchers often have a lot going on, between researching, teaching, and administration. There are a few lists ECRs should be keeping and continually adding too. Keeping the lists on Google Docs (or equivalent) means that they are always accessible.
- A list of research ideas- Research ideas can come to you at the strangest times. Jot down any idea that comes to mind. You may never act on them but you also might!
- A list of grants- If you come across a grant that may be relevant keep the details, including dates that the grant applications close.
- Journals that are relevant- Finding a journal that is relevant for manuscripts can be difficult, so start a ‘black book’ of journals. Including details such as fees and impact factors.
- Researchers in your field- When you find a researcher in your field it may be worth keeping some details about them; their name, institution, and key publications. This could be useful for future collaborations (or as a conservation starter at a conference).