Our “information age” has brought with it many improvements and advantages. We can find out answers to all sorts of questions quickly and easily, and watch DIY videos on how to do literally everything. Unfortunately, one of the consequences of our digital age is that the amount of information available to us can feel overwhelming. With so many great resources at our fingertips, how do we sort through them? Once we find something good, how can we keep from losing it again? Here’s where a good information workflow comes in.
We are almost to the halfway point in the semester, and truthfully, things are going a bit off the rails. Everyone seems a little more rushed, a little less forgiving, and there’s an air of “when will it be over?” in the air. Of course, maybe it’s just me.
At any rate, this is the time in the semester when I’m particularly thankful for the productivity tools I have in place. I’m able to just rely on them to do their jobs while I go on auto-pilot for a while just concentrating on whatever comes next. In my last blog post, I discussed general principles of productivity and outlined my basic workflow. This time, I’m going to focus on some specific tools to add to your productivity toolbox.
Adulting is hard. This is an obvious statement for anyone who has ever tried adulting.
Adulting in academia is especially hard. We have a loose-end life, full of ambiguous deadlines, projects that move in fits and starts, and a revolving door of students – and all of it is tenuously held together by the pseudo-organization of our semester schedules. If you’re anything like me, you live with the constant feeling of never being finished at the end of the day, week, year…there’s always something to read, write, or do.