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The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network
"Seven things I did during my first seven years at Harvard. Or, how I loved being a tenure-track faculty member, by deliberately trying not to be one. I decided that this is a 7-year postdoc. I stopped taking advice. I created a “feelgood” email folder. I work fixed hours and in fixed amounts. I try to be the best “whole” person I can. I found real friends. I have fun “now”."
phd  academia  career  tenure  advice  motivation 
august 2013 by tsuomela
The Impossible Decision: On Whether or Not to Go to Graduate School : The New Yorker
"Graduate students are always thinking about the pleasures and travails of grad school, and springtime is a period of especially intense reflection. It’s in the spring, often in March and April, that undergraduates receive their acceptance letters. When that happens, they turn to their teachers, many of them graduate students, for advice. They ask the dreaded, complicated, inevitable question: To go, or not to go? "
graduate-school  graduate-student  academia  advice 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Knowledge Workers are Bad at Working (and Here’s What to Do About It…)
"With this in mind, I argue that we need to spend more time engaged in deep work — cognitively demanding activities that leverage our training to generate rare and valuable results, and that push our abilities to continually improve."
work  writing  habit  advice  tips  lifehack  psychology  gtd  productivity  learning 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » You Know What You Write: The Textbook Method for Ultra-Learning
"Here we have a nice comparison. In two cases I spent roughly the same amount of time trying to learn new knowledge. In one case, I efficiently mastered a new area, while in another, I ended up frustrated.

The comparison highlights the power of a simple act: describing and organizing information in your own words."
learning  hints  tips  advice  studying 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Impact Algorithms: Strategies Remarkable People Use to Accomplish Remarkable Things
"I’ve been writing recently about the impact instinct — the ability to consistently steer your work somewhere remarkable. We know that diligently focusing on a single general direction and then applying deliberate practice to systematically become more skilled, are both crucial for standing out. But true remarkability seems to also require this extra push."
gtd  success  impact  profession  graduate-school  advice 
june 2012 by tsuomela
In praise of strategic complacency : home cooked theory
"Mentoring in the professional neoliberal workplace of is one of those classic words that can be used to invoke or simulate institutional benevolence when there is actually a waning of reciprocity in the employment relation. "
work  advice  school  phd  graduate-school  academia  mentor  jobs 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Research as a Second Language: The 40-Hour Challenge
"Since an article consists of about forty 40 paragraphs and you should be able to write a paragraph about something you know in about 30 minutes, you should be able to draft a journal article in around 20 hours."
writing  phd  graduate-school  practice  advice  habit 
april 2012 by tsuomela
jr conlin's ink stained banana » Welcome to the Internet
Pretty soon, you're going to be 13. It's an important year in your life, and as i'm sure you're aware, it's the year you can have an account on sites like Twitter, Gmail and Facebook. It's a point where we think that you're old enough and wise enough to do two things: act like an adult, and take a bit of advice from your geeky uncle.
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online  advice  children  behavior 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Don’t Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice | Kalzumeus Software
" This post aspires to be README.txt for your career as a young engineer. The goal is to make you happy, by filling in the gaps in your education regarding how the “real world” actually works. It took me about ten years and a lot of suffering to figure out some of this, starting from “fairly bright engineer with low self-confidence and zero practical knowledge of business.” I wouldn’t trust this as the definitive guide, but hopefully it will provide value over what your college Career Center isn’t telling you."
programming  business  career  advice  via:vielmetti 
november 2011 by tsuomela
Great Content Is Like Pornography | Six Pixels of Separation - Marketing and Communications Blog - By Mitch Joel at Twist Image
Great content is contextual, based on frequency, based on a schedule, has a voice, gets shared, and is open to discourse.
writing  online  content  success  advice  marketing  communications  pornography  linkbait 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Be Careful What You Wish For |
"So, all I’d say is, brutal self-honesty is not a bad thing. If you’re going to kill yourself trying because success means just that much to you, great. As long as you know exactly why you’re doing it — in your own words, I mean, and not the ones that come from your Chair, Dean, mom, or neighbor. Or even from me."
academia  advice  career  phd 
september 2011 by tsuomela
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