Summer Webinar Series for Graduate Students

From Fragmentation to Focus: Secrets to Academic Momentum (August 1-29)

Improve Your Performance in Graduate School, Without Putting in Longer Hours

The Institute for Humane Studies is currently accepting applications for their summer webinar series featuring productivity expert Jason Womack, author of the book Your Best Just Got Better and creator of the Momentum Program. Sessions, based on the Momentum Program, will help you increase your output, without wearing yourself out!

While membership in the Momentum Program normally costs $99 per month, IHS is offering this five-week series to accepted students free of charge.

Series Overview:

Beginning August 1, Womack will introduce proven principles from the Momentum curriculum based on his book Your Best Just Got Better in a five-part webinar series:

  • August 1, 8:00 PM EST The Anatomy of an Ideal Day
  • August 8, 8:00 PM EST Managing Monumental Tasks
  • August 15 8:00 PM EST Outsmart the Clock (Hint: manage focus instead of time)
  • August 22 8:00 PM EST Who’s on Your Team? Tapping into the Power of Your Network
  • August 29 8:00 PM EST Work Smarter: Harness Feedback, Focus, and Practice

Following each session, Professor Art Carden will answer questions and help participants apply the productivity framework to challenges specific to the academic world.

Independent readings and follow-up assignments will help you implement success-boosting practices in your own projects.

When the course is over, participants receive a certificate of completion, a portfolio of completed exercises, access to a growing network of exceptionally creative and productive people, and a new outlook on teaching, research, and service.

Eligibility: Open to fulltime graduate students who plan to advance free enterprise and individual liberty through their academic work. Preference will be given to applicants from US-based graduate programs.

Application Deadline: July 8 (Graduate students of all levels eligible)


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to attend every session?

A. Since each session builds off of the other, if accepted we ask that you attend all sessions.  If you have a conflict with the time, you can “make up” the session afterwards by watching a recorded video.

Q. If I have a conflict during the airing, can I watch the session later in the week?

A. This program is designed to fit with your schedule. All sessions will be recorded for later viewing and questions can be submitted in advance.

Q. After applying, when will I find out whether or not I am selected as a participant?

A. You will be notified about the status of your application by July 15th.

Q. What kinds of personal projects work best with the curriculum?

A. Writing projects, administrative responsibilities, teaching responsibilities, and extra-curricular side projects all make good test cases for applying productivity principles.

Q. Will I be required to do anything else other than attend the sessions?

A. You will be given follow-up assignments. While these are not mandatory, we highly recommend that you complete all assignments in order to maximize your results.

Q. Will Jason Womack be available for follow up questions?

A. Jason Womack will be available to respond to written follow-up questions; following each session, Professor Art Carden will be online for live Q&A.

Q: Will this fix all my problems with managing my time, my energy, and my focus?

A: Sadly, no. This is one step in a lifelong journey. We will take your best and make it better, and point you toward a path of continual improvement.

In a sense, this program might more problems for you—the good kind! Consider what Einstein said about trouble with math: “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” By the time we finish, you’ll be more like Einstein with respect to your personal performance.  – Art Carden