The Unbearable Sameness of Online Meetings

Have you been working from home since March? Are you enjoying it or are you missing your old workplace? Are you are also starting to notice a monotony that seems to lead to mild memory confusion? I am. In this post, I want to explore how and why doing everything online might make it harderContinue reading “The Unbearable Sameness of Online Meetings”

The Scientific Workflow: A Guide for Psychological Science

When new students or postdocs enter into your lab, do you have a plan or a guide for them? I have a lab manual that explains roles and responsibilities, but I did not (until recently) have a guide for how we actually do things. So I’ve made it my mission in 2019 and 2020 toContinue reading “The Scientific Workflow: A Guide for Psychological Science”

Use Paperpile’s Annotation System

Reading scientific papers as PDFs is a major part of being an academic. Professors, postdocs, grad students and undergraduates end up working with PDFs, making notes, and then using those notes to write a manuscript or paper. Although there are lots of great PDF viewers and reference managers, I use Paperpile, which is cloud-based PDF managerContinue reading “Use Paperpile’s Annotation System”

The Professor, the PI, and the Manager

Here’s a question that I often ask myself: How much should I be managing my lab? I was meeting with one of my trainees the other day and this grad student mentioned that they sometimes feel like they don’t know what to do during the work day and that they sometimes feel like they areContinue reading “The Professor, the PI, and the Manager”

The Infinity: Email Management and Engagement

It’s a cold and rainy Sunday morning in November. I’m drinking some delicious dark coffee from Balzac’s. My wife and I are each working on different things and taking advantage of the relative morning quiet. I’m at the kitchen table working off my laptop, listening to music on my headphones, and working on overview material:Continue reading “The Infinity: Email Management and Engagement”

The one “productivity hack” that you probably avoid like the plague

A few weeks ago, my office phone rang. It rarely does, and even when it does ring, I rarely answer it. I usually let the call go to voicemail. My outgoing voicemail actually says: “I never check voicemail, please email me at…“. And even if someone does leave a voicemail, it’s transcribed by the universityContinue reading “The one “productivity hack” that you probably avoid like the plague”