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, …

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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, …

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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 …

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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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Why You Should Work from a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office

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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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Read This: Insights on Priorities Including Doing Less

Aimee Edgeworth

Top picks from the most balanced academic leader we know.

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Don't Wait Until You're Motivated to Write. Take Small Actions!

Evelyne Deplazes, PhD

Take some (small) action. Maybe forgetting about that manuscript is the best way to get that manuscript written :) 

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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