Some professional duties are straightforward. We know what needs to be done, who needs to do it, and when: deliver a status update at next week’s board meeting plan a gala for October teach three sections of Accounting 101 next semester give a presentation at an annual conference Tasks and projects like this make up […]
Below, you'll find articles on productivity. Time is a non-renewable resource, and how we spend our time largely determines on our lives turn out.
Topics include time management, priority management, how to use Getting Things Done, improving concentration, and the power of accountability.
I just finished an inspiring and challenging article by Harvard computer scientist Radhika Nagpal on the challenge of leading a balanced life as an academic. It’s one of the most useful articles I’ve read in months, and in it, Nagpal highlights seven unconventional things she did to maintain her sanity during her pre-tenure days at […]
Email is kind of a problem. It is so, so easy to let our email inbox run our day. We arrive at work and check our email, taking an hour to respond to the buildup. More emails arrive in the meantime, of course, so we answer these next. We spend the rest of the morning […]
I recently stumbled on a 1940 essay by Albert E.N. Gray entitled “The Common Denominator of Success” (here’s the PDF). Its thesis immediately caught my attention, and I’ve been ruminating on it for a few days now. The common denominator of success—the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful—lies in the […]
Every industry, every institution, every office has its own culture: a set of rules, attitudes, and expectations that govern behavior. For me, the importance of culture is brought into sharp relief every year around this time as ~1,350 new college freshman learn to navigate the university where I work (with varying levels of success). A […]