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Starting (or Rebooting) GTD, Part 2: Reviewing So You Know What’s Next

in Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education

You have a lot on your mind. The key to staying productive is to get a lot of that stuff off your mind and into a system you trust. My favorite system is David Allen’s Getting Things Done, and I keep track of my commitments, projects, and contexts using Nozbe, a software program modeled on GTD (I pay for it, […]

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Why More Libertarians Should Consider K-12 Teaching

in Graduate Students, Higher Education, Undergraduate Students

For the past year, one of us (Pamela) has been the K-12 Education Program Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. The goal is to get more libertarians into primary and secondary schools as teachers. This has proven a hard sell because when libertarians dream about teaching, we often focus on higher education. We are interested in scholarly ideas and […]

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Starting (or Rebooting) GTD, Part 1

in Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education

The equilibrium with which you are likely familiar is the equilibrium that characterized my experience through (almost) the end of grad school. Your workspace looks like a paper mill exploded, and maybe you have a “to do” list folder and a pile of books and papers you need to read. Maybe. I discovered David Allen’s Getting Things Done a few […]

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Notes on Jon Acuff, “Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work That Matters”

in Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education

Jon Acuff of “Stuff Christians Like” is one of my favorite bloggers. I just read his new book Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work That Matters. It contains a lot of wisdom for people who struggle with doubt, those who struggle with questions like “is this really what I need to be doing right now?”, and those […]

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Private Security in South Africa w/ Dr. Katherine Fidler

in Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Scholarship

Last week, we were lucky enough to have Dr. Katherine Fidler lecture in a webcast on the rise of the private security industry in South Africa. Below are some extended answers to questions that were raised and addressed during the lecture. You can also check out Dr. Fidler’s PowerPoint presentation here. Q&A: As I noted in the webinar, one of […]

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Mastering Your Workflow

in Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education

“Boy, that was an amorphous blob of undoability!” That’s what one of David Allen’s seminar participants told him about her to-do lists. I’m great at making these, and you probably are, too. The problem is that we’re usually smushing together a bunch of tasks into single amorphous blobs like “work on my dissertation” or “gather literature for that paper I’m […]

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What is the Most Important Thing You Could be Doing Right Now?

in Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education

Every day you get exactly the same number of hours. What do you do with them? How do you focus on the most important things on your To Do lists? How do you know those are the most important? Here’s an exercise: 1. What did you do in the sixty minutes before you read this post? 2. Was it the […]

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Sometimes That Seemingly Important Thing Can Wait Until Tomorrow

in Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education

There are some days when you need to keep your nose to the grindstone and move your research and teaching forward. There are other days when you do need to say “you know what? I can do this tomorrow. I’m going to close up shop and spend the rest of the morning playing ‘Mr. Potato Head’ with the baby.” That’s why […]

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The Battle Between Breadth and Depth in Creating a Course (or Syllabus)

in Faculty, Graduate Students, Higher Education

I am currently in the throes of creating two undergraduate courses for next semester – one on school choice, and the other on the politics of American education. In so doing, I am coming up against the (probably) age-old challenge of course creation: finding an appropriate balance between breadth and depth of material. Do I cover many topics that I […]

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IHS Academic Productivity Bookshelf: Getting Things Done, Part 1

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David Allen’s Getting Things Done is one of the most popular books in the personal productivity genre. It has sold millions of copies and turned Allen into something of a luminary or guru among executives, academics, and pretty much anyone really interested in getting better. Indeed, Jason Womack, my co-presenter in this past summer’s “Get Momentum” course through IHS and […]

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