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’s the work they value most. But it can get crowded out as they advise students, talk with colleagues, serve on committees, and check e-mail. For others—including those at liberal-arts colleges—teaching and finding ways to include students in their research are the top priority, at least during the academic year.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: How Saying No Helps Professors Find Their Focus

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