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August Resource - A method to avoid overwhelm in planning your week of research:
I switched to a new method for planning my work in January, and I've felt 120% better on a day-to-day basis because of it. The biggest difference is thatI no longer have all of my goals and tasks staring at me all at once every minute. The method comes from the bookThe 12-Week Year. Here's why it works for me:
The idea is that you plan 12 weeks at a time, in one long day of thinking and writing. List out every single task or milestone that will take at least 1 hour to finish. You'll have 100+! Now, make "buckets" in your task manager (like Asana, Notion, Monday) for each week and move the task into that week. Give yourself a reasonable amount of work each week and try to get 85% done every week.
Your first few weeks will look full, but later weeks will have room to spare. When some new work appears, just record it and move it to a good spot in a later week. The key improvement is that the mountain of work in front of you "can wait" because you know when you're going to do it, and you have a good plan. That reduces my stress and frees up my brain to focus on the important items each week.
Now, the resources around it are very corporate-focused and not worth buying. Start with this LinkedIn post explaining how it works. Then if you're interested this PhD student made a video about how she uses it with Notion in her research planning. There are a ton of nuances, and I don't follow it exactly, so make it work for you!
Lab Coat Project Update:
As of next week, about 24 of our 28 Beta Testers will have their lab coats. They each have a lengthy feedback form to fill out covering every little detail of the prototype design plus about two dozen questions around the fit and sizing. We’ll quickly incorporate that feedback into a final design by mid-August, update the size charts, and then have everything we need to enable pre-orders. If you know one or see them post on social media, please thank them for their hard work!