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3 Ways to Makeover Your To-Do List


When you look at your to-do list for the day, week, or month (or lists of projects and actions if you follow David Allen’s GTD distinction), do you feel a sense of clarity and direction? Or do you feel confused, overwhelmed, or frustrated?

If you feel overwhelmed, it may not just be the quantity of the work you plan to do. It may also be due to a lack of clarity about the work you plan to do.

Taking a little time to clean up your to-do list with one or more of the following steps can offer huge…


Dangerous Games

dangerous[This is a guest post by John Laudun, an associate professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His research focuses on folk culture and cognition -- that is, how the human mind manifests itself in daily reality. (Look for his book on crawfish boats this spring.) You can find him online at johnlaudun.org, or follow him on Twitter at @johnlaudun.--@JBJ]

At the end of the spring semester, Jason Jones asked if we had a favorite assignment. I did not then have an immediate answe…


Take One Small Step

footprintsIs there something you know you want to start doing, but you just can’t seem to begin? Whether it’s beginning a new piece of writing or establishing a daily workout routine, sometimes all the rational plans, checklists, and arguments in the world won’t be enough to get you going.

Maybe you know you need to go to the gym, but you never seem to make the time for it. Or you tell yourself that you will start writing that article when you have three hours free, or when your desk is organized, or afte…


12 Basic Principles of Project Management

XXXLast week I attended a two-day training session on the fundamentals of project management. I had been looking forward to the opportunity as a chance to help me be more effective at my current alt-ac job, where I work in a team environment on several very cool projects (a THATCamp, a digital scholarship commons, some library games). Working in a team has been a relatively new experience for me. After all, graduate school—at least in the humanities—doesn’t often teach that skill set. For this reas…