Tuesday Tool: Back. It. Up.

Tuesday Tool: Back. It. Up.

When I was in sixth grade, my Dad was my baseball coach, and he gave me the responsibility of entering all of the statistics from each game into a spreadsheet he taught me how to make and use. Anyone who plays baseball knows that this is an important job, as stats are really the most […]

Tuesday Tool: Doodle your Meetings

Tuesday Tool: Doodle your Meetings

Lately, I have been getting a lot of questions about the different tools I use to “beat graduate school”. So, I thought I’d take every (or every other, or every-whenever-I-have-time) Tuesday to share them with you all, and talk about them in a grad-student centric way. While mostly they will be software apps or computer […]

Daily Writing: A Research Log

Daily Writing: A Research Log

The month of October was an unexpected writing month for me. I was supposed to be completing work in the lab, but an unfortunate run in with both the Virginia DMV and the Michigan SOS left me without a driver’s license (I didn’t break any laws, just a lot of bad luck). What this did […]

Getting Things Done…

Getting Things Done…

I have a productivity plan. A way to get things done that I need to get done. It involves a Sunday night ritual where I go over my To-Do list, examine my weekly calendar, schedule appointments, pay the bills, look at my weekly expenses, and water the plants. It is a plan that, of course, […]

The Thinking Stage

I am working on my dissertation proposal. Or so I say. I haven’t really written much. But, that should all change this week. This week, I start writing. Up until that point, I’ve been Thinking. I’ve been in the Thinking Stage. For me, this stage often takes up the most amount of time in my […]

Congratulations! You just passed your Comps! What are you going to do now??

Read a book. More specifically, a book that has nothing to do with archaeology. Or history. Or any combination of the two. In fact, I’m hoping that this book will have no basis in reality. In other words, it will be a book of fiction. For the past year, I have been working on preparing […]

momentum

I regularly battle with myself about whether or not I am being productive. During the week, I continually feel like I am not accomplishing things – like I have squandered away hours in front of the television, read too many of Guy Kiwasaki’s articles on Twitter, or slept in too late on the weekends. However, […]

Deadlines

Academically, this summer has been a test of wills. I have been transitioning into a position where I am in charge of my own research and academic clock: I am moving away from classes and into working on my dissertation proposal and getting ready for my comprehensive exams. I am hoping to have my exams […]

back to school tools

I thought, since class starts tomorrow, I would put up a post highlighting some of the computer software and websites that I use pretty much daily throughout the school year. These range from scheduling and productivity apps, to word processing and powerpoint apps. Scheduling, Productivity, etc. mail.app: Mail is the most used program by far. […]

productive procrastination

I ran across these two essays by John Perry, a professor of philosophy at Stanford. One is entitled Structured Procrastination, and the other Procrastination and Perfection. To be quite honest, I identified quite solidly with these two articles. I have always referred to this kind of procrastination as Productive Procrastination, and it typically manifested itself […]