Category: Productivity & Time Management

How to get back into grad school mode (post-holiday season)

Is anyone else struggling to get back into the grad school mode, after the holidays? I was able to accomplish a lot over the break and I also worked a few days at York University. However, I mainly rested, slept in and watched TV (crazy, right?) because that is what my body was telling me it needed. So when I returned back to Ottawa, … Read More How to get back into grad school mode (post-holiday season)

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Tips to tackle procrastination

The struggle is real and it happens to all of us grad students. It seems timely to write a post about our evil friend, procrastination. I know we don’t have much time here, as its #grindtime to final assignments, deadlines, and exams. So I am going to keep this short and sweet for now and perhaps I will dig a bit deeper into this issue … Read More Tips to tackle procrastination

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What to do after losing motivation in grad school?

Whether it be two months into grad school, one year or almost done your thesis, we all reach a point where we lose motivation. Looking back at how wide-eyed and excited I was at the beginning of September (almost as if I have never experienced grad school or school for that matter), I realize I am not at that place anymore. I’m tired, there … Read More What to do after losing motivation in grad school?

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Must-Have Online Platforms for Grad Students

These two online platforms have been keeping me on my A game during the first month of my doctoral studies. They have saved me SO much time in researching and editing during my busy schedule.  Here are my two must-have grad school online platforms. And the best news is – they are FREE!

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How to Take Notes on Assigned Readings

In a typical graduate-level course, professors will assign 100+ pages a week, per course. That’s a lot of reading. Have you ever read an assigned reading and when it comes time for class, you don’t remember what you read or the point of it? You are not alone. This far into my academic career, I have learned how to navigate readings, record the important … Read More How to Take Notes on Assigned Readings

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TIP OF THE MONTH: iCal + iReminders

Straight up, I’m an Apple girl.   I’ve had a Mac and iPhone since 2008 and never looked back. I know this can be a big debate but this style and level of detail fits my needs and has always worked for me. The two main tools that keep me organized AF are iCal and iReminders. Here is how I use them:

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Prep for school in September with Trello

I’m not being dramatic when I say Trello has changed my life. I call myself an organized person. Maybe even a bit over the top and psychotic at times. This probably stems from my anxiety and feeling prepared and organized helps calm it. But that’s for another blog post. For many years I have been searching for solid organization tools. I am also a … Read More Prep for school in September with Trello