The productive researcher


Find out how you can become significantly more productive as a researcher in a fraction of your current working day. Rather than learning (yet more) time management techniques, you will learn new ways of thinking that will reframe your relationship with work. 


The course is based on Prof Reed’s book, The Productive Researcher, in which he draws on interviews with some of the world’s highest performing researchers, the literature and his own experience to identify a small number of important insights that can transform how researchers work. The course is based on an unparalleled breadth of interdisciplinary evidence that speaks directly to researchers of all disciplines and career stages. 


Prof Reed works 37 hours a week and never works weekends, and yet over the last two years he published three books, 23 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and won 7 new grants bringing in almost £2M to his institution as part of projects worth over £30M in total. He did this while pursuing international impacts from his research and running spin-out company, Fast Track Impact, through which he personally trained >3000 researchers during this period.

Course description

The course works by shifting you from focusing on tasks to focusing on priorities, linked to your values and identity. By working regularly on your most important priorities, even if only for a small proportion of the working day, you can become increasingly motivated to make time for these priorities, creating a powerful positive feedback loop. Rather than encouraging you to extract ever more productivity from your working life, the emphasis is on using your new-found productivity to get better work-life balance, and by resting well, working even more effectively. This course will make you more productive, more satisfied with what you produce, and enable you to be happy working less, and being more.

Key benefits:

  • Leave with practical tools you can use immediately to save time while achieving more ambitious career goals

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the values that underpin your work, and the reasons why you feel time pressured

  • Identify priorities that are as much about being as they are about doing, and that are stretching, motivational, authentic, relational and tailored to your unique strengths and abilities

  • Turn these into an “experiment” to make practical changes that create a positive feedback loop between your priorities and your motivation, so you can become increasingly focussed and productive

  • Write a postcard to your future self (featuring limited edition photographs from the book) which you receive via internal mail a month to remind you of the commitments you made during the course, increasing the likelihood of lasting change

  • Receive a copy of The Productive Researcher (second edition, RRP £17.99, 176 pages hardback, 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 54 reviews on Amazon) 

What does our training include?


We spend time with you before we train to ensure our workshops is tailored to the needs of your group. Our training includes:

  • Prof Reed works with every group

  • Each participant gets both a hard and soft (PDF) copy of Prof Reed’s acclaimed The Productive Researcher (second edition, RRP £17.99, 166 pages hardback), and an e-handout pack with editable worksheets

  • Configure your training as a full-day event or as two individually bookable half-day events

  • Prof Reed provides support to all participants after the training. If they use our system, we guarantee a response within a week to all questions with no time limit and no restriction on the number of questions that can be asked

  • Everyone gets an email via the course organiser (including those who do not wish to share their email with us) with links to slides and a reminder about how to get support from Prof Reed

What does a typical day look like?

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What do other researchers say about this course?

“Very beneficial and eye opening.” - Lecturer


​“I now aspire more to be an inspiring researcher, and realise that productivity is both ‘doing’ and ‘being’.” -Post Doctoral Research Assistant


​“I liked that I am going away with a workable plan at the end of the day” - Professor


​“I like the structured approach, the build-up and especially the space and time to think. It has changed my approach to goal setting entirely. My whole work goal emerged entirely from the values I had identified in my personal life and I now have something to aim for that I really believe in – thank you!” - Professional Services


​“Food for thought or a great kick start to moving forward.” - Senior Lecturer


​“I’m switching from being task-orientated to being priority-orientated.” - Professor


​“It’s very helpful to be reminded why we wanted to become an academic in the first place, and to reconnect with values-based priorities when we are struggling to get daily routine work done. Thank you!” - Senior Lecturer


“Thinking about what is important compared to how I spend my time is very powerful” - PhD student


​“If I implement these techniques, I see a lot of untapped potential being unlocked, so this workshop is a real eye opener” - PhD student


​“Positive, useful, thought-provoking.” - Professor

​It made me really think about what sort of researcher I want to be. It has given me the time and space to think through ways I might start to achieve this, both in the short-term and in my longer career. It has given me hope that there is a way forward to get work-life balance and it has focussed me on a path to achieve it.” -Post-Doctoral Research Assistant


​"Really inspiring course. Motivated to become a better researcher and person after attending this course. Thanks Mark.” - PhD student





Full day workshop for up to 30 people: £2800 + VAT


30 participants = £2800 + VAT (£93 + VAT per head – minimum order)

40 = £3100 + VAT (£78 + VAT per head)

50 = £3400 + VAT (£68 + VAT per head)

60 = £3700 + VAT (£62 + VAT per head)


For trainings in the UK and Ireland are no additional travel/accommodation charges, but for some overseas destinations we add a small surcharge to cover travel costs.

Contact us to arrange a call from Prof Reed to discuss how exactly the training can be adapted to meet your needs.


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