With the new semester we’re totally working hard on working both hard and smart. We’ve got tenure to aim for, after all.
Google has a lot of technologies to help keep us on track. (Note: we have zero affiliation with Google, we just like it a lot. We WISH we were living in the SF bay area, but we kind of doubt this post is going to increase the odds of that.)
We use the Google Calendar to track our daily writing. One of us aims for 30 min per day M-F, the other has 4 days per week and Sunday.
We use a Google site for accountability purposes– we give tips of the hats and wags of the fingers and boots to the behinds. There’s also a section with check-lists that are quite helpful.
Finally we use Google Docs for longer to-do lists (#2 keeps hers up to date… #1 does better with paper even though the paper technology also has major problems). These are really great because other people can go in and edit them, they’re incredibly portable– you just need internet access, and they’re much more difficult to lose than the standard back of a scratch paper list. You can even use the strike-out function to cross things out on your list as you complete them.
Update: Biz of Life recommends dropbox.
What technologies do you use to make your work/life easier?