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Episode Twelve – What to read

In the final episode of this series, we talk about what to read to keep informed as a practicing academic. One nice tool is an aggregator. (I use NetNewsWire). MindFeed: Fundmentalism in astronomy: article. Music: “Pop Science” by Devin Anderson … Continue reading

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Epsiode Eleven – Multitasking and Time Scavenging

This week, we talk about multitasking and time scavenging. Multitasking is trying to do two things at one time and we talking a little about how the brain works, what works, and what doesn’t. We also discuss using those odd … Continue reading

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Episode Ten – Gadgets

There are lots of things around to help us get organized and stay on top of things: Palm Pilots, cell phones with infinite features, a huge number of programs for our computers. In this episode, we talk a little bit … Continue reading

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Episode Nine – Feeding the Bad Wolf

How much time do you spend feeding the bad wolf? The bad wolf is that thing inside us that feeds on ill feelings. Feeding the bad wolf leads to distraction, brooding and neglect of those things that are good for … Continue reading

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Episode Eight – Stuff

Our lives can explode with all the things we try to stuff into them. Just in your office: books, papers, manuals, discs, computer things… That’s not including the virutal world inside your computer. The key is to deal with all … Continue reading

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Episode Seven – Email

Email is probably the most important tool computers and networks have brought it. The protocols for using are still evolving, so it is worth a little thought. Does email replace the post or the phone? What are the right things … Continue reading

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Episode Six – Putting things together

A little review of Episodes 1-5 five and how things should fit together at this point. MindFeed: Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboraotry (DUSEL). Music: “Wind Chimes” and “Cool Blast” by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com)” Episode Six

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Episode Five – Meetings and Calendars

Calendars are pretty obvious, so I just talk about a few other things. But meetings, ugh! I talk about some simple rules to keep them from taking all your time. Mindfeed: thermodynamics and life on Mars, studying the paranormal in … Continue reading

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Episode Four – To Do

Your two hundred daily tasks are guided by your list of things To Do. You may actually have a physical list, use a computer utility or just remember. We talk about how to make the To Do more flexible and … Continue reading

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Episode Three – Projects

The big picture connects with your daily tasks through projects. I think of a project as a series of tasks with a clear, attainable goal; you should know when a project is done. Typically, I think of a project as … Continue reading

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