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lists, exhaustion


But through the years, I have read many books, ranging from self-help guides to creative writing manuals, attended workshops, frequented relevant websites, and reflected upon my own personal experiences. As a result, I have collected together a few ideas and tools on productivity and time management that have been working well for me. In this post I want to share with you the most basic of these principles, with the hope that it may assist you in your life, at whatever stage you are. Whether you are a graduate student, a postdoctoral researcher, a junior mathematician on the tenure track, or wherever else you may find yourself within the world of mathematics, I hope that this one basic idea will give you a sense of control in the crazy-making, soul-sucking times which will invariably come up.


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