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 you your time is about to be wasted?  Here are some ways to trim the fat and make meetings shorter and smarter. Have More Meetings (But […]

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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. We wind up facing the same problem again — the same time pressure, the same stress, the same feeling-not-quite ready — only now we’ve […]

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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 link of the week a shot: You Are So Kind to Think of Me The Chronicle of Higher Education My last post focused on when […]

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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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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’s the work they value most. But it can get crowded out as they advise students, talk with colleagues, serve on committees, and check e-mail. For […]

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7 Time-Management Tricks from Chris Hardwick, Man of 1,000 TV Shows

Rebecca Helton, MA

From Fast Company.  Do any of these seem helpful to you?  Surprising, or more common sense than anything else? (Speaking of going down internet rabbit holes, be warned that this entire site can definitely be one…)

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Why Aren't You Delegating?

Rebecca Helton, MA

You have way too much to do, you’re buried in work, and it seems there’s no way out from under it all. But there is: delegation. Yes, yes, you know it’s important to do and you know it will save you time and help others develop new skills. So why aren’t you doing it? From […]

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

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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 yourself on track. Shut Up and Write by Kerry Ann Rockquemore If you can accept the fact that you don’t have to change who you […]

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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 can be more detrimental than others and may be indicative of larger problems with the project, the research team, or the institution. In Clio Andris and Lily […]

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