Why You Should Read Drive

Rebecca Helton, MA

While it isn’t a quick fix, this is the book for anyone wanting to learn—or remind themselves—what really drives us all, so that with even a few tweaks, work can become more fulfilling, successful, and even fun.

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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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Scientists! Get Those Amazon Prime Deals Now.

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Amazon has 30 hours of awesome deals for Prime members. If you are a scientist, maybe some of these fun finds will inspire you and your team to further heights of glory.

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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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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 is tremendous in terms of the lost productivity, creativity and sense of wellbeing.

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Do More Great Work

The Edge for Scholars

Ever wish you had a map to show you how to avoid unnecessary busywork and focus on the work you know you were meant to do?  In this jam-packed little volume, Michael Bungay Stanier gives you just such a map–fifteen of them, in fact.  His starting premise, that “busy” is not a measure of success, […]

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Up Your Academic Gift Game - Your Worker Bees Will LOVE This

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Ho, ho, holy cow…it’s the most stressful time of the year. The one where you look at people in your group, realize that they are 20 years younger than you and wonder: What in the heck do these crazy kids want for the holidays How can I get it for about $30, and How do […]

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Not that Kind of Progress: Tales of Setting up a New Laboratory

Pipette Protagonist, PhD

Spoiler: It takes time!

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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

The Edge for Scholars

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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