How Saying No Helps Professors Find Their Focus

Rebecca Helton, MA

Productive professors use a variety of techniques to focus on what matters most. For many, blocking out large chunks of time for research, writing, and grant applications is key. That’…

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Productivity Tip #1: Have More Meetings (But Keep Them Short)

The Edge for Scholars

Do your meetings take an hour to do what could’ve been accomplished in fifteen minutes?  Do you look with dread at the colorful blocks on your Outlook calendar telling …

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When the Help You Get Isn't Helpful

Rebecca Helton, MA

Have you ever received unsolicited, off-target advice? Some people just instinctually offer solutions when they see someone in need. But what if their understanding of what’s wrong is, quite …

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Reclaiming To-Do Lists

The Edge for Scholars

I had been using the Clear app on my phone and my desktop computer because it allowed me to sync all my tasks no matter where I was. It worked …

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On Declining Gracefully

Rebecca Helton, MA

As the new semester begins, so come the invitations to serve on this committee or be part of that grant.  Trying to figure out graceful ways to decline?  Give our …

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Finding Email Equilibrium

Rebecca Helton, MA

Since we’re all talking about taming our email, this week’s Link of the Week is an essay from Inside Higher Ed on Finding Email Equilibrium.

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On Motivation

Rebecca Helton, MA

Consider that according to a Gallup study only 29% of people in the U.S. are fully engaged in the work that we do. The personal and organizational impact of this …

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Here's What Happens When You Extend a Deadline

Rebecca Helton, MA

What happens when we move back deadlines — once we get past the initial feeling of sweet relief? Research suggests we have a lot of difficulty using our newly-found time wisely. …

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