Leveraging the Many, Many Learning Resources of Lynda.com

That's a lot of search results for Excel!

I was having a conversation yesterday with a colleague about ways to market William & Mary’s institutional subscription to Lynda.com.  Lynda.com, a subsidiary of business-focused social networking site LinkedIn, is a compendium of tutorial videos which range from quick one-offs to entire multi-hour courses. The site is focused on technical, creative, and business skills, and amounts […]

The End of Bliss, or, Why You Should Think About Upgrading from Windows XP

Bliss is the default wallpaper for Windows XP.

If you are trying to find Bliss you may want to start your search at 3050 Fremont Drive, roughly halfway between the towns of Napa and Sonoma, California. Subconsciously I think most of us know exactly what Bliss looks like — a lovely, vivid, green meadow on a perfectly rolling hill, lying under a deep […]

Dealing with File Clutter: Why You Need Network-Attached Storage


Chances are you’ve got a bunch of files that are really important to you. They’re so important that at some point someone told you that you really need to have a backup of all those files should anything happen to them, and you probably woke up in the middle of the night in a cold […]

Five Selfish Reasons to Blog

Writing something down can help you clarify your ideas.

Often blogs are discussed in terms of their public expression … sharing information and experiences, creating a community, disseminating your ideas to a potentially large audience, etc. Obviously the flow from the blogger “outwards” is a very important aspect, but here I’d like to mention five reasons why you should consider blogging for what it can do for you rather than for your readers. The reasons below are applicable to any blogger, but perhaps even more so to academics, where blogs if properly used can become a wonderful compliment to more traditional methods of disseminating ideas.

Using the Pomodoro Technique for Academic Tasks


Working as an academic often means having your day broken up by various, often unrelated tasks. A typical day might include teaching, holding office hours, grading, attending a department meeting, and working on an article. Being divided among all these different tasks, and having your day split up by teaching and meetings can make completing even simple tasks quite the challenge. Everyone has figured out different methods for piecing together enough time and attention to get everything done in one day that needs doing. But if your methods result in feeling like coping rather than mastery, then I have just the thing for you to try: the Pomodoro Technique.

Managing Your To-Do Lists


Managing to-do lists and tasks sometimes threatens to become a full-time job. In this post, Kim suggests ways to make the most of task management and to-do list systems.

Tips for Managing Email

The empty email inbox.  So beautiful!

The Internet is full of blog posts and articles about productivity, and much of those are about managing your email. Figuring out how to manage one’s email inbox can help you feel much more efficient with your time — there’s nothing like an empty inbox to make you feel like you’re on top of things. The key for managing your email is figuring out what works for you to feel in control of your inbox and reduce email-related anxiety. I’ve put together a few tips and resources for email management in this post.