Pinterest is the latest social media network to hit the interwebs, and has done so with a flurry. The tool itself is simple: when you find something you think is interesting, you “pin” it to a topical Pinterest board that you have created. This reveals a collection of “pins” about different topics or themes. […]
Professional service is one of the many elements of becoming a professional that many graduate students don’t consider to be an important component of graduate school. It often slides under the radar, somewhere well below writing, research, and teaching. While almost all students understand the importance of joining professional organizations, attending conferences, and presenting at […]
I’m about to write a 900 word blog post about guilt, and I feel guilty about it. Why?
Because I could be spending this time working on my dissertation.
In fact, this is how I feel about most things that aren’t my dissertation. I feel guilty when I’m hanging out with my friends, out to […]
The hardest part about sitting down to write is the actual beginning of making the clackity sound on the keyboard. I can get myself in the chair. I can turn on my machine. I can cruise around on the Internet, and type up a blog post or two about being in graduate school. But […]
The smartphone has become a regular part of my daily workflow, and I find myself using it regularly for To Do lists, email, reminders, and keeping up to date on news and such. Recently, I’ve found a couple of apps that have been particularly helpful in keeping me on track, so I thought I’d […]
Last week, as I prepared my office for an upcoming move to another home, I had a realization: when was the last time I actually took something out of my filing cabinet?
The filing cabinet sits in my closet in my home office. It include four drawers: two full of articles, one full of research notes […]
I had worked for weeks on my first conference paper. I had received comments from multiple faculty members, and rehearsed it in front of friends. I had the slides perfectly lined up with the text, and had inserted just enough animations to emphasize my points, but not take away from the entire presentation. I […]
It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. I was supposed to breeze through graduate school without any changes: start in my hometown, comp in my hometown, defend in my hometown, and finish in my hometown. After that, I could move away, find the right girl, get married, get a job, and so forth. Here’s what […]
For those of us pursuing a PhD, graduate school is about learning how to become researchers. Our classes are focused on methods and theories, and our out of class work is in the library, in the field, or in the lab conducting research and experiments. However, graduate school is more than research: we learn […]
It is rare that I read or hear something that truly changes the way I think and approach my life, but Getting Things Done (GTD) is one of them. Written by David Allen (@GTDGuy), GTD has been a staple on the bookshelf of many busy, productive people: there are GTD groupies all […]
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