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How the organized people live

Ever wonder how those highly-organized people do it? Here is a post from the message board of one of the writing clubs, from a person in the sciences who has to coordinate many things including patients appointments for various studies. She manages to find time to write every day, and gets a tremendous amount done in general. Other people in the group noticed this and asked her to write down how she does it. Reprinted with her permission and names of study trials changed. If only I could be more like her.... (sigh)... General organisation I have a white board in my office that is divided into 7 sections, each one representing an aspect of my work. (“Writing” in one, the others are related to projects, and a miscellaneous box.) I use this to keep a global track of things that need doing. Specific planning and organising At the end of each week (or over the weekend), I list the highest priority tasks (across projects and writing tasks), which become my goals for the next week. I writ

CASBAT: The Campaign Against Screaming Babies at Talks

This blog post by Scott Aaronson on crying babies at conferences, and the comments to the post, are both hilarious and thoughtful (not necessarily at the same time.) Scott and his readers discuss topics ranging from suggestions about funding childcare during conferences, the difficulty involved in getting tenure during the childbearing years, to the fact that 'academia has the “trifecta” of low pay, long hours, and tenure pressure."