Four Lies You Tell Yourself About Productivity (And How to Stop)

Rebecca Helton, MA

It’s easy to spot when people are lying to themselves—like when a co-worker confidently starts a huge project at 4:30, but has a 5pm deadline. “Who’s he kidding?” …

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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 …

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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 …

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When the Help You Get Isn't Helpful

Rebecca Helton, MA

Have you ever received unsolicited, off-target advice? Some people just instinctually offer solutions when they see someone in need. But what if their understanding of what’s wrong is, quite …

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Doing Better in Academics in Your 40's: You'll Need an Eye Exam for That

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Not long ago, the Fighty Squirrel noticed that as her days wound down, she was struggling to read. Over the course of thirty minutes at the very end of the …

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Six Sacrifices You Shouldn't Make for Work

The Edge for Scholars

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 …

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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, …

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Change Your Default Meeting Time

The Edge for Scholars

I’d like to make a modest proposal. We should stop scheduling meetings with zero time to go from one meeting to the next. Does this describe your life? You …

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Productivity Tip #2: How to Set Up Your Desk for Your Best Day at Work

The Edge for Scholars

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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