Doing Better in Academics in Your 40's: You'll Need an Eye Exam for That

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Not long ago, the Fighty Squirrel noticed that as her days wound down, she was struggling to read. Over the course of thirty minutes at the very end of the day, I’d go from not being able to read a computer screen, to not being able to read a book to having a massive headache. […]

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Six Sacrifices You Shouldn't Make for Work

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If you routinely check your work email the moment you wake up and right before you go to bed at night, then you might have a problem. If you call in sick but are still are available on email, then you might have a problem. If you have ever responded to work emails while sitting […]

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9 Productivity Tips from People Who Write About Productivity

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Now that we’re well into the new year, you may find those goals and resolutions you set receding ever further into the future.  You need some productivity hacks.  Luckily, Ron Friedman of the Harvard Business Review is here for you. He writes, “In the 1990s, being productive mainly required good time management. Ten years later, […]

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Change Your Default Meeting Time

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I’d like to make a modest proposal. We should stop scheduling meetings with zero time to go from one meeting to the next. Does this describe your life? You have a meeting scheduled from 9:00am to 10:00am. And then another meeting from 10:00am to 10:30am. You have left yourself exactly zero minutes to get from […]

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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’s one very important element you may be forgetting when it comes to success in the office: Your desk. How you use your workspace, from the […]

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Face It: Your Decks Will Never Be Cleared

Rebecca Helton, MA

One of the most widespread myths in academic writing is that you can, and should, try to “clear the decks”—that is, finish all of your other obligations before you can focus on your scholarship. The reality is: Things never clear up. They don’t even reliably settle down. Your in box is always full. The decks […]

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Interruptions Are Even Worse Than We Thought

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That GChat is definitely hurting your work.

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Getting Over Procrastination

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The tendency to procrastinate dates back to the very beginnings of civilization. As early as 1400 B.C., Steel told me, ancient Egyptians were struggling with basic time management. ‘Friend, stop putting off work and allow us to go home in good time,’ read some hieroglyphs, translated by the University of Toronto Egyptologist Ronald Leprohon. Six hundred […]

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Reclaiming To-Do Lists

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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 great for me when I had fewer daily tasks but with more items and the constant shifting in priorities, it no longer did the trick. […]

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How to Thrive Amid Academic Chaos

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The end of a semester is always hard.  Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers advice for taming the chaos. While there’s plenty of literature out there on how to survive during crunch time, there’s little on how to thrive—to be highly productive in your research and have a full and healthy life. Imagine how it would feel […]

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