Category Archives: productivity

My current planner situation

So far this blog has been mostly about planners and a few other paper products. How could I do anything else after the long hiatus than write about planners again. Here we go. Did I solve all my planner problems in the last two years? Am I finally back to normal again, just getting one …

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Guest post by David: Digital envy, the myth of progress and staying clear in focus

Today I have a special treat for you: a very interesting guest post by David Popely on the eternal question of going digital or staying with paper for our organisation and time management. Please go over to David’s blog for more goodness, after you are done reading here, and also take a look at his …

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Update and goals

I happened upon a nice idea on one of my favourite blogs latele, a new take on the popular 101 goals in 1001 days lists. It is to do 10 goals in 101 days. This seems easier, but if you would do the same thing ten times in a row you would end up with …

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Finishing while filofaxing

Since I am almost at the end of my time as a graduate student, I thought I would write a bit about the setup I am using in my filofax and how I use while finishing my thesis. Alternatively, think of this as procrasinating on said thesis. Anyway, the filofax I am using right now …

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NaNoWriMo alternative

This month, I am participating in a great endeavor started by the website PhD2Published: AcBoWriMo or academic book writing month. It is the idea to write a certain number of words or pages each day for your academic book. I interpret this a bit wider, since I am taking book to mean thesis. It is …

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influence of blog reading

You might have noticed that I have been absent from writng here and reading other blogs for some time in the past week. This was because I decided to try not to use the internet for other matters than work for a week. The reason to try this was to see how much time this …

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breaking up the work week

Recently I have been thinking about how better to balance the different things I have to and want to do in my life. This includes balancing work and free time, but also balancing the different responsibilities within my job. I have come up with a small, simple plan, that I will share here. Maybe someone …

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distracted focus

One of the most important things to be succesful is focus. This is especially true for those people who have self-directed work schedules, as opposed to people who are directed by outside request such as support staff or people who work in the ER of a hospital.  My workdays are mostly unscheduled, since apart for …

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overdoing it

The last few days I have felt very stressed out and I did not feel in control of my work at all. And that with all my planning efforts! I found myself trying to do five things at a time, answering phone and emails in between and letting myself get distracted by colleagues. And then …

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organised with filofax

For about three years now, since I started my PhD research, I have been using a filofax. My first purchase of this was inspired by the blog, philofaxy, which was run by one man back then, but has since grown a lot with new contributors and more readers. It has been one of my favourite …

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