I have a hard time working without music. No matter what grad school-related task I am working on, it just feels strange to be doing it in silence. In a world where a pair of earbuds are as expected an accessory as a pair of pants, it’s clear that I’m not alone in my need […]
Over this past summer, I’ve been leading a team of archaeologists from the Campus Archaeology Program in a massive archaeological survey across Michigan State University’s campus. The goal of the project was to check the area for artifacts and historical features in the landscape prior to construction. At the end of the project […]
A recent essay on InsideHigherEd discussed how academics commonly disregard deadlines. When reflecting on this, I began to think that this habit begins as grad students. Even the most organized person can run into problems along the way. We have some rigid deadlines (scholarship, grant, and teaching); however, these are outnumbered by the […]
Why think about productivity systems at all? Why try to think about ways we can be more productive? Doesn’t that imply we’re not doing enough, […]
Starbucks is one of my favorite places to work. Coffee, company, and a relaxing atmosphere help me concentrate and keep focused on my task. As it can be a pain to lug my laptop everywhere, I have a tablet and a mobile phone that I use when working away from my desk. But working on […]
The very term “productivity system” makes me happy — I like to think systematically in order to design solutions to problems and I enjoy learning […]
Guest author Caitlin Holton is a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Guelph. Her research examines masculinity and homosociality in medieval Scotland through analysis of documentary and literary sources. You can follow her on twitter at @caitlin_holton.
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The editors at GradHacker are excited to announce that this week we will be collaborating with our friends at ProfHacker for a series of posts on improving productivity. As a result of this crossover, we will be posting new articles every day this week from Monday to Friday. Though we do realize the […]
It is no secret that I am a Google+ fan. This is mainly because Google Hangouts is hands down my favorite multi-party video chat client. This past summer I integrated Google+ into the hybrid online […]
Megan Johnson is an MA student in Musicology at the University of Ottawa in Canada. She’s also trained as a classical singer and tries to balances her time between music performing and music research. You can follow her on Twitter @Majhnsn.
I love being a student. Currently in the throes of my masters degree, […]
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