How to Thrive Amid Academic Chaos

The Edge for Scholars

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

The Edge for Scholars

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)

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 …

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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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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’…

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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