Planning Bad Habits

It’s no secret that I love my planner. But did you know that I have a lot of planning bad habits? I do. And today I’m going to share them with you. Original photo bySTILI think it’s important to note that I don’t have these bad habits because I dislike planning. In fact, I love […]

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Why You Should Track Your Time

I’m no productivity guru, but I want to tell you why you should track your time. When you track your time, you find where you’re wasting minutes and what you can cut out of your day. Original photo by Georgia de Lotz I’ve written before about how busy is a choice, and I staunchly believe […]

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How to Maximize Your Weekend

Do you feel like you need days off between Sunday and the start of the work week? Sounds like you need to maximize your weekend. Original photo byMark Cruz It’s really easy for the weekend to get away from you. You want to be productive, but you want to relax and maybe binge some Netflix. […]

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Create Space to Breathe: 4 Tips to Help You Fight Overwhelm

When the things that need to be done start to pile up, I know I need to create space to breathe. We’re smack dab in the middle of grading season. Or, more accurately, procrastinating grading season. (Every day I manage to tell my students they shouldn’t procrastinate with a straight face. I have no business […]

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Setting Your Own Agenda

One of the most frustrating things is the feeling that you aren’t setting your own agenda. The day gets away from you. You feel obligated to do things for others. The line between your day job and your home life blurs. It’s all well and good to intend to set your own agenda, but how […]

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The 10 Best Ambient Mixer Atmospheres for Getting Work Done

If you haven’t experienced Ambient Mixer atmospheres yet, you’re in for a treat. You’re also about to get a lot more productive. I wish I were the type of person who could just put my headphones on, blast music, and get work done. Unfortunately, I’m not. I’m a rather persnickety person, in fact. It’s hard […]

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Gamifying The Writing Process With Habitica

Man writing with a pen on paper on a table.
One of the (many) side-projects that John and I have been working on is gamifying the writing process. In particular, we’re interested in gamification that seeks to reinforce and build good habits that yield efficient writing, research, and revision. This semester, the Writing Center on our campus engaged us in brainstorming the logistics, pedagogical implications, etc. … Continue reading Gamifying The Writing Process With Habitica

Retreat!

Sometimes you just have to run screaming from imminent defeat. Other times, you have a deadline looming, and between loading the dishwasher, answering e-mails, and planning fall classes, the precious moments you have to finish that manuscript just seem to vanish into thin air. In either case, a prudent answer could be a retreat. Everything I know about […]

Chromebook: Manual for Mac User – 2016

I’ve been exploring the current state of Chromebooks this past week and I wanted to document all of the analogous softwares and workflows I use to be productive on a Chromebook if you are coming from a Mac. From word processing to photo editing, here is my list of recommended software alternatives if you are switching … Continue reading Chromebook: Manual for Mac User – 2016

Super-cool Note-taking Model

   I’m in a reading and note-taking phase at the moment, and found a great model for organizing arguments in this Synthesis Matrix developed by the NC State University Writing and Speaking Tutorial Service.  The basic idea is that you make one axis with the main topics that are common among many or all of the authors (regardless of […]