I don’t know about you about I’m still on this back-to-school vibe, and it’s probably going to last all of September. So today I wanted this link round-up to be around the theme of productivity. Because, in my opinion, there hardly is a better time to get back on the productivity wagon than September!
Let’s start with this funny, illustrated article, in which Alice Violett discusses how you can be productive while still not working *all the time*.
A good reality check if you’ve been reading too many scarily excessive productivity advice!
Do you know the difference between disruptions and distractions? Understanding this will help you form a better strategy to enhance your productivity.
“The last 5%”: a great article about having a hard time finishing up projects.
“The thing about procrastination is, it feels totally justifiable if what you’re doing could be construed as productive.” (Hint: like when you’re procrastinating by searching for references without ever stopping to read them.)
Janine Utell analyses her propensity to procrastination. Hint: it’s not about laziness. Quite the contrary.
Kirsten tells us about the lessons she learned about procrastination during college.
We’ve all been guilty of engaging in some variation of this from time to time. But what if the only person who gains or loses by the procrastination is oneself? The real problem arises when you leave things to the last moment and then something goes wrong.
One of the hidden dangers of procrastination is that it contributes to your mental fatigue without achieving anything.
On work habits
There are three main keys to habit change: pick the right habit for you, make sure it is compelling, prepare for moments that might challenge your new habit.
Usually, it’s better to frame your situation in a positive and realistic light. For example, instead of saying “I’m never going to complete this”, you should say, “it will take as long as it takes”.
Which kind of weather best suit which kind of work?
Have a look at Alice’s workspace. Does it look like yours?
Time Management and Deadlines
Michelle finds that there is magic in deadlines: they help her focus her efforts.
Maybe you should consider logging your time? You’ll know where your time goes, if you are spending it on valuable activities, and it will help you stay on track.
Time management is linked to academic self-care. It is hard to help doctoral students to determine their own timeframe as it is theirs to determine and there can be ebbs and flows to academic work.
Dr New Faculty explains her complex relationship with her detailed calendar. It might be hard to keep to it at times, but she finds it very helpful.
Raul Pacheco-Vega is himself pretty rigid with his schedule. In this article he shows us his weekly schedule for Fall 2015.
Some advice to create a basic to-do list.
How to start over with a clean slate by reflecting on your commitments and rewriting your to-do list.
Three ways to makeover your to-do list: start each task with a verb, write down the next action, let go of tasks you don’t need.
Productivity tips for students
Maybe you should make your self a study space (or even just have a study lamp).
Five habits of organised students.
Six tips for finding motivation to study.
Is your planner system working best for you?