Nine New Year's Resolutions for Academics

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Think, write, teach, discover and read. These are the things we love and why we joined this great profession, but so many things are in your way and killing your …

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

The Edge for Scholars

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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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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Why I LOVE Quartzy and You Should Too…

Amy Palubinsky

You know all of those crazy excel files of chemicals and reagents and that ever-growing binder of MSDS sheets? Well that information can all be accessible to lab members with …

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The Key to Getting Motivated: Give Up

The Edge for Scholars

“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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The 125 Hour Work Week

The Edge for Scholars

Recently, if you listened hard enough, you could hear the collective sob of well-read junior scientists as Science Careers posted a commentary from Eleftherios P. Diamandis. Dr. Diamandis attributed his …

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Productivity Tip #4: Do You Put the PRO in Procrastination?

Rebecca Helton, MA

Do You Put the PRO in Procrastination? Procrastination is closely related to impatience. Their kinship is based on our bias toward the present over the future. Both are examples of …

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Walk the Dog: How Writing Every Day Can Make a Project Seem Less Daunting

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

In her Chronicle Vitae article, Joli Jensen equates her daily writing time with walking the dog. That is, many people view their writing obligations as “wild beasts, lurking in the …

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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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Don't Delay (Or Do). Read Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

Rebecca Helton, MA

Did you know that speakers who frequently pause for short periods are more persuasive than those who don’t?  Or that not lingering on a date that’s going well …

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