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7 Online Tools for More PhD Productivity

Being productive while working on a doctoral dissertation may sound like an oxymoron. PhD candidates always find “justified” reasons to procrastinate the completion of their projects for an indefinite time. If you want to go through this process successfully, you have to structure your research, plan your time and use effective technologies that will help you stay organized.
The following tools may not work perfectly for every PhD candidate, but some of them will definitely help you increase your productivity. Choose tools that fit into your individual process of research, thinking and creating.

1. Nozbe

Nozbe is a portable productivity system that enables you to create the project and plan your next actions directly from your tablet, laptop or PC. The tool will help you manage incoming tasks, make priorities and plan to get things done quickly and effectively. When you plan your research, deadlines and meetings with Nozbe, the overall process won’t seem that overwhelming.

2. Ninja Essays

Automated tools can certainly help you increase your productivity to a certain point, but they don’t offer an effective solution when you face a serious obstacle. At essay writing service Ninja Essays, you can get the assistance you need.
Smart delegating is an essential part of your overall productivity. This service enables you to collaborate with a PhD expert in the particular niche at any stage of the completion process. In addition, you can get your work edited, proofread and formatted by a professional editor at the same website.

3. Mendeley

You’ll read tons of publications, collect relevant resources, and spend a lot of time in organizing and formatting citations during the completion of your doctoral paper. Mendeley will help you coordinate this process much more productively. The tool is very simple: you collect all PDFs you are supposed to read in Mendeley, and the tool syncs the documents to the cloud and all devices you have.
The OpenOffice and MS Word extensions enable you to insert proper citations while working on the document.

4. Evernote

This tool will make even the most difficult tasks simple. You can use it to store all sorts of information you come across to, as well as the ideas you get throughout the day. Instead of making bookmarks in your web browser, you can take notes in Evernote and include screen captures or PDFs.
Thanks to Evernote, you can keep all drafts, documents, notes, photos, and eBooks in one place.

5. iAnnotate

Your iPad has much more potential than you realize. iAnnotate can turn this device into the best productivity tool for discovering, analyzing, annotating, managing, and sharing PDF files. Instead of arranging a chaos of printed materials, you can get the work done more easily thanks to iAnnotate.
The tool enables you to highlight the text you want to reference, pull out the highlighted text out of the PDF and send it via email.

6. Wunderlist

You’ll have to cover multiple daily tasks over an extended period of time before achieving the final goal of completing the PhD paper. To-do lists are an essential part of proper workload management.
Wunderlist is a simple, but really effective tool that will help you stay on track. It creates an automated list with the tasks you delayed and the ones you are supposed to cover today. The list will be synced across devices, so you can access it from anywhere.

7. Google Scholar

Who said you cannot use online resources as authoritative support for your arguments? Google Scholar enables you to find solid materials. Some of them will require a payment, but there are tons of free academic and scientific resources you can rely on.


If you find the university library system too complicated, Google Scholar will be your salvation.


Are you ready to boost your PhD productivity? Explore the tools listed above and you’ll realize how great your potential is.

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Comment by Emily Johnson on June 9, 2015 at 9:43am

Nice tools, Robert!

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