What is a good work rate for a young academic or PhD student?

I think we all feel anxious about how much work we should be doing; and whether our supervisors are pushing us hard enough, or too hard. An old but very useful study of exactly how academics spend their time, and how high performers differ from struggling performers, is essential reading. Here is my summary of Boice (2000).

The job is not finished "until the money is in the bank"

You job is not finished until your paper is published. So plan when and how you will publish from the get go!

Academic Productivity

Looking for sane advice from successful academics about how much to work and how to get done?

How much can I realistically write in one hour?

I'd like to know from you how long it takes you to write a single page.

Once, I made a special effort to ask all the prolific publishers in my university how long they take to write a page.

Without hearing each other's answers, they all said - About an hour - provided I have all the material and have written something similar before.

An hour per page - for experienced writers, for confident writers.  On subjects they know well and have written about before.  On material which has no gaps.

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