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The Pocket Card Monthly QR Exclusive - August 2023

Thank you for ordering one of our popular STEM Pocket Tools and scanning the QR code to reach this page! This page is exclusively for holders of these cards and will have new content, freebies, resources and discounts every calendar month.

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August Discount:

Do you know a young high school student interested in STEM that's starting some new classes this semeseter? We made a Pocket tool just for them, too!

The Pocket Scientist - High School Edition is designed for kids age 14-18 who love their STEM classes. August is the perfect time to get them a new tool to inspire their learning as they take on new challenges. For August, you can get 15% off with code INSPIRE15 on as many as you want to gift!

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 that I no longer have all of my goals and tasks staring at me all at once every minute. The method comes from the book The 12-Week YearHere'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!

            Make sure you're on our email list to get updates when this launches!

            Just for fun:

            It's that time of year again - check your safety procedures and lab signage for relevance and accuracy.  new lab signs

            Science cartoons by Tom Gauld


            Did you miss last month? Check out our archive:

            *Note: Discount codes will no longer be active and some links may be broken.

            July 2023 - Using AI to search research papers

            June 2023 - The easy button on literature reviews

            May 2023 - Negotiating vacation and Pocket Paleontologist launch

            April 2023 - Job interviews and lab coat updates!

            March 2023 - Lab coats affect your mental health?

            February 2023 - STEM books that won't put you to sleep

            January 2023 - AI Chat and SciArt

            December 2022 - SciComm video editing tools

            November 2022 - Focus timer 

            October 2022 - Career skills workshops

            September 2022 - Conservation in the laboratory

            August 2022 - Join a study to help scientists

            July 2022 - Lab Coat Materials Ultimate Guide

            June 2022 - Neuroscience Podcasts and Lab Coat Update

            May 2022 - Science Learning Centers near you

            April 2022 - The Pocket Physicist Launch and Best Math Blogs

            February 2022 - Fantastic Physics Blogs

            January 2022 - Pleasure reading for engineers

            December 2021 - Easy lab process diagrams

            November 2021 - Free STEM icons for your presentations

            October 2021 - WebPlotDigitzer and Lab Coats

            September 2021 - Engineering Podcasts

            August 2021 - STEM Holiday Calendar

            July 2021 - STEM on TikTok

            June 2021 - Productivity resources

            May 2021 - SciComm on Social Media

            April 2021 - Sustainability in the lab

            March 2021 - Gifts for Engineers

            February 2021- Focus on reading papers

            January 2021 - Focus on interviewing

            December 2020 - Inspirational reading for graduate students

            November 2020 - Graduate application resources

            October 2020 - Voting for Science

            September 2020 - New Lab Art Photography

            August 2020 - The Pocket Chemist Exam Edition launch!

            July 2020 - Word Magnet Launch!

            June 2020 - Constant giveaways and learning to code

            May 2020 - Time to get writing?

            April 2020 - Quarantine life and a new retro sticker!

            March 2020 - Focus on Best Chemistry Blogs

            February 2020 - Focus on Digital tools for chemistry

            January 2020 - Focus on Outreach

            December 2019 - Focus on Social Media Accounts for Scientists

            November 2019 - Focus on Helpful Reading for Grad Students

            October 2019 - Focus on Chemistry and Chemistry Resources

            September 2019 - Focus on Science Podcasts

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