Welcome to my resources for academics page, where I share products, tools, websites that have helped me so far and that I recommend. There are a few affiliate links (so if you buy anything, you might be buying me a beer!), but I only recommend resources I really use.
There are a few important concepts in productivity, including GTD (getting things done), deep work and building habits. Below are my favorite resources.
- The Productivity Show by Asian Efficiency
- The Productivity Podcast by Paul Minors
- Beyond the Todo List
- The Productive Woman
- Study Hacks by Cal Newport
- Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega’s blog on organisation, academic writing
- Productivity tips for academics by Matt Might
How I Work blog series by Eva Lantsoght
How I Plan blog series by Ellie Mackin
My own system
I use Todoist, Evernote, Google Calendar and Habitica to implement these concepts. Here are a few posts on this:
- How I’m implementing GTD with Todoist, Evernote and Google Calendar
- How I use Habitica to improve my exercise
- How I use Habitica to improve my diet
- How to avoid decision fatigue
I also regularly share resources that I find helpful on my Habits & Productivity Pinterest board.
Having an active online presence has helped me a lot as an early career researcher.
I buy hosting and domains at Versio. WordPress is the platform you see on this website. It’s free and together with the tools at Versio, it’s easy and quick to set up. Here are my blog posts about this:
- How to quickly setup your own professional website
- 5 pages to add to your academic website
- 5 useful WordPress plugins for your professional website
I started using Twitter during my postdoc and regretted not doing it earlier. There is a great community of academics out there. I made a “Resources for PhDs” Twitter list where you can find great accounts to follow.
Advice for faculty
- At the Helm: Leading your Laboratory
- Advice for new faculty members
Advice for new faculty (PDF)
- Top Ten Things New Faculty Members Would Like to Hear
- Tips on transition from grad student to assistant professor
- Things I wish they had told me [about a faculty position] by Richard M. Felder
Advice for PhD students
- Advice for first year PhD students by Philip Guo
How to be a successful PhD student (in Computer Science)
How to do research by Bill Freeman
- How to write a dissertation in Computer Science by Douglas E. Comer
My own advice
- 7 things I wish I would have done during my PhD
- 7 things I’m glad I did during my PhD
- On choosing to do a PhD
Find more articles on my Pinterest board about academia:
Failure is very normal in academia. More resources are coming soon, but for now check out my How I Fail series where other researchers talk about their failure/rejection experiences.
Academia is not always a friendly place so it’s important not to forget to take care of yourself, physically and mentally. There’s of course sleeping enough, eating healthy and exercising. Beyond that, I have found the following strategies to be helpful (please note these are not a substitute for seeing a professional):
- Limiting social media
- Meditation. There are many apps, I use Headspace.
- Journaling. Again, lots of apps, but I do this in Evernote.
- Minimalism and slow/simple living
A few resources to with more information:
- Blog, podcast and books by Tim Ferriss (also lots of other topics)
- Slow Your Home podcast
- Zen Habits blog
More inspiration on my Pinterest boards:
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