Apps and Other Productivity-Boosting Technology

Rebecca Helton, MA

FocusBooster harnesses the power of the Pomodoro Technique in an app. From Fast Company, Five Free Apps to Help You Swing Back Into Productivity Mode.  Includes apps for alarms, email, to do lists, and more. From ProfHacker and The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Productivity and My Menu-Bar Heroes. Evernote, f.lux, and more. From Fast Company, […]

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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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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 of Decluttering and Organizing is a beautiful exploration about our attachment to things and one of the first I’ve read to explicitly examine our relationship to books […]

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What to Do When Your To-Do Lists Get Buried

Rebecca Helton, MA

Desk a mess? Get organized virtually.

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Read This: Insights on Priorities Including Doing Less

Aimee Edgeworth

Top picks from the most balanced academic leader we know.

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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 jungle, ready to pounce.” Jensen insists instead that you view your writing projects as pets, waiting to be walked every day. Sure, many days you […]

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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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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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Neuroscience Pretenure Boot Camp in Seattle? Yes, Please!

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

The Brain Sciences Foundation offers an outstanding chance for underrepresented folks to get training on the business of starting your career in a free bootcamp this summer. Apply now!

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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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