I aim to occasionally introduce other online resources that provide a unique take on similar topics. Today, I wanted to present: Academic Productivity. This blog, written by two PhD students and one postdoc, covers a wide range of topics related to becoming a professional academic.
Though some posts are not relevant to an undergraduate crowd, I find their investigations of time management systems and personal productivity fads, in particular, to be quite applicable. Here are three interesting recent posts to whet your appetite:
Parkinson’s law and productivity
An interesting review of some of the central ideas behind Tim Ferris’s inexplicably popular The Four Hour Work Week. Introduces a useful addition to the framework: Hofstadter’s Law.
Bias and Accuracy in Estimates of Task Duration using Academic Tasks
Describes a recent academic paper that uncovered just how bad most of us are at estimating how long a studying-related task will take.
Fooling the reactive mind: Mark Forster’s time management system
A review of one of the latest fads in the personal productivity community: Mark Forster’s Do it Tomorrow system. A good analysis of the key ideas; e.g., separate the rational and the reactive mind.