Productivity Tip #2: How to Set Up Your Desk for Your Best Day at Work

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You may have your work routine down to a science, from where you prefer to grab some quiet space to the exact time you take a lunch break. But there’…

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Meetings Are a Skill You Can Master, and Steve Jobs Taught Me How

Rebecca Helton, MA

More brains don’t necessarily lead to better ideas. When it came to leading meetings, Jobs had no qualms about tossing the least necessary person out of the room. From …

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Productivity Tip #6: I'm Not Telling You to Lie

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You don’t have to say you are away to use your “out of office” feature. You just have to be bold. My favorite flavor of bold is the Texan …

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The Key to Getting Motivated: Give Up

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“Trying to ‘get motivated’ can often make matters worse. The real problem isn’t that you don’t feel like taking action. Rather, it’s the underlying assumption that you …

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Academics, Get Yourself These Five Gifts for a Great New Year

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

One of the best parts of the holidays is having a chance to rewire some synapses and get a fresh take on how you’re facing your academic challenges. We’…

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Productivity Tip #5: Delegate! What Can A Virtual Assistant Do For You?

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When productivity and management gurus tell you to delegate, do you laugh and say, “Sure, if I had someone to delegate to!” Thanks to the rise of virtual assistants, you …

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Sock Drawer as Professional Metaphor

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“During this year’s winter break, however, I discovered a book that I hope will change my life. Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art …

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Link: "Good" Hard vs. "Bad" Hard

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When working in research, issues are bound to arise. That’s just the nature of the job and why there are often several trials—and many errors. However, some issues …

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Shut Up and Write

Rebecca Helton, MA

As we head into a new semester, you may be making writing goals for the new year.  The following article has some great suggestions for how to motivate and keep …

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Working at Home: Academics During the Plague Edition

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

It's time to do your weaponized bat experiments, people.

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