Articles in the College Productivity category

The Zeigarnik Effect

Posted in College Productivity
psychology


I'm always amazed when a waiter takes my order without writing anything down. I'm a vegetarian, and occasionally I ask for substitutions with my order. My wife absolutely loves to make substitutions, and when our order is transformed into food 20 minutes later, I'm blown away when it comes through …

The 80/20 Principle

Posted in College Productivity
psychology


I’ve always dreamed of running a mile in less than 5 minutes. I have always been a fast runner (one standard deviation above the mean). I can remember in high school, whenever we would have the mile run for fitness tests, I always did pretty well. I think my …

What Clash of Clans Taught Me About Productivity

Posted in College Productivity
games


For those who never played Clash of Clans (good for you!), it's a game where you have to open their app every 4 hours in order to upgrade your village and raid someone else's village. Your village produces resources, and you use these resources (and the resources you plunder from …

My Research in 4 minutes!

Posted in College Productivity
fiber-optic-gyroscopes


I'm researching fiber optic gyroscopes. I just put together a non-techincal description video and uploaded it to youtube. Here's the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOn3yAWL0ys

How to Submit a Fellowship Application in 48 hours

Posted in College Productivity
writing


This afternoon, I submitted an a fellowship application to the National Science Foundation (NSF). I'm extremely blessed to have a PI with enough research funding to not have to worry about funding for the rest of my Ph.D. at Stanford. However, the funding source is not infinite, and paying …

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