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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Why You Should Work from a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office

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It sounds counter-intuitive, but working at a bustling coffee shop can be less distracting than working in a quiet office.  The change in environment also stimulates creativity, and chance encounters …

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

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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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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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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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