Easily distracted? Want to get more done? Develop Deep work habits.

Published on February 8, 2016

Focus your efforts toward being mindful with your decisions on what to act upon. There are always going to be distractions and these distractions can derail the focus toward deep work. It is that deep work that’s important to really develop novel breakthroughs and innovative approaches to your work.

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Time Management is a Fallacy; Focus on Mental Energy.

Published on January 18, 2016

Your mental energy matters significantly, because knowledge work requires deep concentration and creativity. Many young research scientists struggle with time management, not only as a product of time, but that of mental energy. The cognitive load that one experiences can be tremendous, especially when it comes to intellectual focus and decision making. This is a critical resource that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The results can be catastrophic when we’re deciding whether to invest our time into completing a manuscript or completing another assay. Therefore, we need to make room to reserve our most critical thinking during times where we’re most refreshed and focused.

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4 Traits That Define A Star Technical Research Assistant.

Published on October 5, 2015

Aside from the technical skill sets seasoned or novice research assistants can possess, they have 4 traits which can contribute to their work behaviors; motivation, mindset, perspective, and feelings. These dynamic traits can determine the productivity of your lab’s early success.

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Current news on the future of academic careers worrying you?

Published on June 1, 2015

The solutions is to focus on core scientific objectives. This helps to filter out the negative noises, that would otherwise, cloud judgement and careful planning. This is why having a clear outline or budget, before looking for faculty positions, can help to understand how to manage career obstacles.

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How we negotiated from a $1m to a $3m start up award.

Published on May 25, 2015

There’s many ways to negotiate that can be either adversarial or cooperative. However, within a community that has a natural shared value of new scientific discoveries, those conversations can be more enjoyable rather than dreadful.

Have you negotiated your start up award already? How did that conversation go? Share your story with the rest of us.Leave a comment below.

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4 steps to know when to & how to move on from your current position.

Published on April 13, 2015

A lot of times we try to rationalize our fears about moving out of our comfort zone by making a list of pros and cons. Sometimes we make up more reasons for the cons, like financial security, project completion, or friends/family.

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Stop Being Selfish…during negotiations.

Published on March 9, 2015

“Damien, you’re selfish!” said my old mentor. “For what?!” I was shocked. “You’re afraid to…

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5 strategies for negotiating the best start up award.

Published on February 23, 2015

“What kind of start up budget were you thinking of?“, says the department chair, looking…

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5 Ways to ask for Help [when running a lab].

Published on February 9, 2015

Do you need help? Do you know how to ask for help? I just got…

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The Importance of Understanding Motivational Differences For Technicians

Published on January 26, 2015

Most science gets done by a few, motivated individuals. As a junior principal investigator, it’s your…

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