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Why You Need a 5-Year Plan. When I trained my own Ph.D. students, I always urged them to create a 5-year plan. Some did it as a list, and some as a grid. Either way, the plan laid out a month-by-month schedule of plans and goals and deadlines for the next five years. Things that were on it included: Specific writing projects with deadlines for completion, submission, and revisionGraduate program deadlines for exams, proposals, and defenseMajor conferences with deadlines for submission of abstracts and proposalsJob market deadlinesMajor funding deadlines, including both small grants to support short research trips, and large grants to fund dissertation fieldwork.Networking goals, including reminders to get in touch with certain individuals related to emerging new research or writing projectsTeaching datesSubmission dates for awards and honors I don’t think anybody should ever be in graduate school, or on the tenure-track, without a five-year plan.

Collaborate with Colleagues Using Google+ with Extras. TCQ%20Research%20Methodologies%20CFP. 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer. When George Plimpton asked Ernest Hemingway what the best training for an aspiring writer would be in a 1954 interview, Hem replied, “Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult.

Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.” Today, writing well is more important than ever. Far from being the province of a select few as it was in Hemingway’s day, writing is a daily occupation for all of us — in email, on blogs, and through social media. It is also a primary means for documenting, communicating, and refining our ideas. So what can we do to improve our writing short of hanging ourselves?

1. Don’t just plan to write—write. 2. [The] Resistance knows that the longer we noodle around “getting ready,” the more time and opportunity we’ll have to sabotage ourselves. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. The art of the doable to-do list. Writers' Boot Camp: Tip Roundup Edition. September 30, 2010, 11:00 AM ET By Billie Hara For about a year, we at ProfHacker have offered advice about writing, as it’s such a large part of our work in higher education.

We’ve provided many tips, but you, dear readers, you have provided many more. As we know, writing is hard work, but it’s harder from some people and not so difficult for others. We are here to help, though, and to offer encouragement...no matter where you in the process or no matter the struggle you might have. Have an objective for your writing task. How about you? [Image by Flickr user, Laffy4k and used under the Creative Commons license.] The Rule of 200 - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education. Many of the Library's electronic resources, including databases, electronic journals, and selected Virginia Tech electronic theses and dissertations, are restricted to current Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. WARNING: The abuse of VT-licensed online resources by such means as systematic downloading violates the university's acceptable use policy, jeopardizes Tech's future access to resources, and is prohibited.

Firewall software active on your local computer or configured by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can block access to Off Campus Sign In. A common symptom is a blank screen or Page Not Found error after submitting your PID/ password. Problems? The Writing Date - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education. Many of the Library's electronic resources, including databases, electronic journals, and selected Virginia Tech electronic theses and dissertations, are restricted to current Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. WARNING: The abuse of VT-licensed online resources by such means as systematic downloading violates the university's acceptable use policy, jeopardizes Tech's future access to resources, and is prohibited.

Firewall software active on your local computer or configured by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can block access to Off Campus Sign In. A common symptom is a blank screen or Page Not Found error after submitting your PID/ password. Problems? Write or Die by Dr Wicked. 7 Mindfulness Tips to Energize Your Writing. A guest post by Alexander De Foe Many people don’t realize that their greatest resources for writing, creativity, and motivation lie within them already. By practicing Zen techniques of mindfulness and “no-mind” meditation you can actually inspire your inner artist into action without doing much conscious work at all. That’s right, almost paradoxically, a state of “no-mind” can produce excellent results in your life in terms of creativity and productivity. It seems like a paradox, because in our world we’re often told to think things through, and that hard work requires lots of conscious effort. How about inspiration and true artistic expression?

Do you ever find yourself using the below “mental excuses” when planning a new article or project? 1. During the process of writing do you notice asking yourself questions like “is that the best sentence to open with?” Mindfulness Practice 1 - Let your mind calm down for a moment by taking a long deep breath. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 29 Steps, 1078 Hours - Destination Dissertation. We're big fans of making the dissertation into a series of small, concrete steps. That way, the dissertation seems doable, and you always know exactly what you have to do on it.

One good place to do this is in conceptualizing the basic processes of the dissertation. There are 29 of them. Already, the dissertation seems more manageable, doesn't it? Many people believe that the 29 steps required to complete a dissertation have to take a long time. Typical estimates range from one to five years following your exams, with two to three years the most common.

We strongly disagree. We don't pretend that everyone can complete a dissertation in nine months. Obviously, to complete your dissertation in nine months, you have to spend the hours doing the actual work of the dissertation--you have to spend time sitting down and writing. Step 1. Total hours required is 1078. This entry is adapted from Destination Dissertation: A Traveler's Guide to a Done Dissertation by Sonja K.

How to study a book before you have it. The wait for a crucial book to become available in the library is frustrating. Even worse when the library doesn’t have the book at all. Aside from inter-library loans, buying the book yourself, and other costly or time-heavy options, what other options do you have in the meantime? Photo by Newton Free Library To Do: Dissertation has some great tips on what to do while you wait for that book to become available. But it got me thinking about others ways to the book that may work in your favour. Here are a few ideas that might land you more access to a book than you think you have: Check publisher’s website for excerpts and sample chapters – Some publishers are great at making PDF samples available to download.

Don’t let the wait for a book stop you from getting on with your reading and research. Like this: Like Loading... The Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps. Stever Robbins, aka the Get-It-Done Guy, is the creator of a series of popular productivity podcasts, the host of productive "action days" for his online community, and now the author of a new book Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More.

One of Robbins's distinctive qualities as a productivity expert is his engaging sense of humor and straightforward approach to solving problems. Rather than fill his pages with lengthy theories or case studies about why we procrastinate or fail to set clear goals, Robbins assumes that as human beings we are all prone to make similar kinds of mistakes, and quickly moves on to offering solutions. His book is, as you would expect from the title, organized into 9 chapters: Live on Purpose Stop ProcrastinatingConquer TechnologyBeat Distractions to Cultivate FocusStay OrganizedStop Wasting TimeOptimizeBuild Stronger RelationshipsLeverage Evaluate your use of technology Gain focus Read the book.

From the Archives: Time Management for the New Semester - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education. Many of the Library's electronic resources, including databases, electronic journals, and selected Virginia Tech electronic theses and dissertations, are restricted to current Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. WARNING: The abuse of VT-licensed online resources by such means as systematic downloading violates the university's acceptable use policy, jeopardizes Tech's future access to resources, and is prohibited. Firewall software active on your local computer or configured by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can block access to Off Campus Sign In.

A common symptom is a blank screen or Page Not Found error after submitting your PID/ password. Problems? Questions? Book Summary: 10 Big Ideas from Getting Things Done by David Allen - The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business. This post contains my personal notes about the big ideas in David Allen’s Getting Things Done. My book notes are different from many of the book summaries you’ll find on the web. Instead of following the structure of the book in question, we’ll isolate and examine the key ideas and themes that make the book useful. Along the way, I’ll tell you how I actually apply the ideas.

Enjoy! If you’re ready to stop stressing and start accomplishing your goals, David Allen’s Getting Things Done can help you create a simple, effective personal productivity system. About David Allen David Allen is the author of the Personal MBA-recommended book Getting Things Done , as well as Ready For Anything , and Making It All Work. Here are 10 big ideas from David Allen’s Getting Things Done … 1. When you’re feeling overwhelmed about how much you have to do (and who isn’t, really?) GTD is a “bottom-up” approach to productivity. 2. 3. Not all work is the same. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. How I use OneNote for my Dissertation « ProtoScholar. The question came up recently about how I am using OneNote for my dissertation note taking.

Sometimes show is easier than tell. I have one OneNote notebook called Dissertation. Within it, I have 8 sections: A few things about this: The first 5 sections reflect the 5 chapters required in my dissertation: Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Findings, ConclusionI have a tab called Media into which I put less scholarly discussion around my topic. I probably won’t use this stuff in my Lit Review but may use it for context in the introduction.Meta is where I put notes on things like how to write a literature review, what constitutes a good one, etc.Old is where I put notes related to things I may not end up using.

Within each section, I am creating multiple tabs with notes on specific sub-areas. Notice that the first tab is labeled structure. Below that, each 1st author has a tab. Within each tab, I take notes on the paper. Key things to notice: the bibliographic reference is at the top. Flipping the Mental Switch for Success. If I have one single piece of career advice to give to anyone, it’s this: figure out how to get in the zone and do it as often as possible. If you can do that, everything else really is secondary. You will find success. What do I mean by “in the zone”? It’s something I’ve talked about on The Simple Dollar a few times in the past, but I’ve never really defined what it means in so many words.

To put it simply, being “in the zone” means that you’re so absorbed by the task at hand that you lose track of time and place. For example, on a given day where I’m “in the zone,” I’ll spend perhaps an hour getting into that flow. An hour has gone by and I haven’t really done anything. Suddenly, I’ll blink and time feels like it catches up to me. Every job I’ve had rewarded me greatly for getting “in the zone.” So, how can you make this really work for you? Getting “Into the Zone” The first step for getting in the zone is to have an objective. The next step is to eliminate distractions.