Category: productivity

Attempting Intellectual Craftsmanship with a Decomposition Book [#OneLittleThing Series]

Attempting Intellectual Craftsmanship with a Decomposition Book [#OneLittleThing Series]

Behold: my new notebook, a.k.a. a “Decomposition Book.” Yes, it has cute farm animals on it. I particularly like the inquisitive lamb at bottom left. I have been struggling lately to find a method of capturing the little things that intrigue me in everyday life. I know that some of these factoids and concepts could …

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Crafting at My Desk [#OneLittleThing Series]

Crafting at My Desk [#OneLittleThing Series]

Perhaps I am overly fascinated by productivity- and creativity-inducing tricks. I know I tend to post about such topics quite a bit. But I like experimenting on my own work habits to see what helps me enjoy my work more, or at least get it done more quickly. I am my own research subject. One thing I …

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Standing Desk, Seated Lunch [#OneLittleThing Series]

Standing Desk, Seated Lunch [#OneLittleThing Series]

As I’ve written about on the blog before, I’ve been trying to reduce the time that I’m sedentary while working. I got a cool treadmill attachment (in lieu of an expensive treadmill desk) that I use at home on occasion, and also adapted an old video editing station into a standing desk in my office this year. …

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Storyline Day Planner [#OneLittleThing Series]

Storyline Day Planner [#OneLittleThing Series]

I’m starting a new series of posts on this blog to make weekly blogging easier. I haven’t posted since February (sigh). I’m going to set the bar a little lower for myself in terms of post length, but ideally won’t sacrifice any of the utility and quality. This new series is called #OneLittleThing. Each post …

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Keeping My AcWriMomentum

Keeping My AcWriMomentum

I participated in Academic Writing Month — aka AcWriMo — for the first time this month, and it’s been a terrific experience. I heard about it on Twitter, learned more from this blog post, and decided to give it a shot. I was skeptical because November is such a hectic month on campus. I decided to …

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Technology for Teaching: This Semester’s Report

Technology for Teaching: This Semester’s Report

Because of a couple of my past posts, people often find my blog when they’re looking for information on teaching with the iPad. So I thought I might give an update on the technology tools I’m using in my teaching and personal productivity this semester on various platforms. I’ve mentioned some of these before, but it’s interesting to track which ones have infiltrated my workflow permanently and which have failed to prove their utility (for my purposes, at least).

Resources for Grad Students

Resources for Grad Students

I originally posted this on the course site for my Introduction to Graduate Studies in Mass Communication class, but thought I’d cross-post here as many who visit this site are likely interested in some of these resources as well. These are all books, software, and tools I discussed with my students on the first night …

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Managing the Professor’s Library

Managing the Professor’s Library

I recently searched my office bookshelves for two books I want to use this fall in a course. I know I owned them. I remember buying them in grad school. Then it hit me: I loaned them both to a student, and they haven’t been seen since. After placing a quick Amazon order for replacements …

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