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Category Archives: Daily routines
How many hours a week can you work on research?
What are my colleagues around the world doing on this Sunday, a brilliantly sunny February day too warm for a jacket in St. Louis? Are they out hiking, bird watching, or cooking a delicious meal? Are they playing with their … Continue reading
Mindfulness of the day: what are you getting done?
In preschool, it is much more effective to offer a new toy to tussling children than to try to reason them out of the competition. Maybe our careers need some new toys too. At least we might need frequent moments … Continue reading
Posted in Daily routines Tagged distraction, Fitbit, meditation, mindfulness, organization, productivity Comments Off on Mindfulness of the day: what are you getting done?
Why are deadlines so important?
I know I would have finished the paper I’m currently writing if I had a firmer deadline. I know I’ll finish the next one on time that does have a deadline. I’m not a procrastinator, so why do I need … Continue reading
Posted in Daily routines, Managing an academic career, Organization of a scientist Tagged completion, deadline, efficiency, perfectionism, task 2 Comments
Great irresponsibility, or great organization?
Sometimes it is easier to just do whatever tasks stream at you through the incessant flow of email than to work on the conceptually difficult, important, long term research papers. At other times you want to scream and throw things … Continue reading
Why you shouldn’t live in your office
Imagine a rent-free abode with heating, cooling, internet, and perhaps even a telephone. There’s somewhere to buy food nearby and a microwave for cooking. This place is right by your place of work. In fact, it is your place of … Continue reading
Posted in Daily routines, Life in a biology department Tagged creativity, frugality, Home, living, office, office living, sleep, work 7 Comments
Where can I fill my water bottle?
The solutions to simple problems are often best solved by asking around. This was the case today as I hunted for a place to refill my water bottle after a hot bike ride in. Yes, they drink the tap water … Continue reading
Posted in Daily routines Tagged Bottled water, Drinking water, Fountain, Saint Louis Art Museum, Water, Water bottle Leave a comment