I was in a lecture hall when the lights went out, and loud rock music started. Three words appeared on a screen. One word at a time. Kill. The. Bullets. Following this dramatic start were two lectures on improving presentations. The place was Aarhus University, and I think the year was 2013. Now, five years… Read More Death by PowerPoint, no more!
Most of us suffer from procrastination tendencies. Luckily, there are techniques we can use to beat them. Finding a technique that works for you is a better strategy than simply deciding to stop procrastinating and relying on your willpower to follow through on your decision. One of the techniques I use is called the Pomodoro… Read More How a tomato helps me to stop procrastinating and start working
2017 has been a fantastic writing year for me. I did not produce large amounts of published papers (fingers crossed for 2018), but I pushed my writing skills to a new level. Here I will share my 2017 writing story, in the hope that you will get inspired. It started with a workshop arranged by… Read More #12 2017 in Writing
Do you enjoy getting up in front of others to present your work? If you answered no, you’re perfectly normal. Public speaking is among the top things people fear. I’m one of the few who likes giving presentations — if I am well prepared. To get prepared I practice each presentation a lot. But even… Read More #2 The Joys of Public Speaking
Many postdocs dream about starting their own research groups. But what is required to become a principal investigator (PI) and how have other postdocs made the leap? To help answer these questions the Karolinska Institute Postdoc Association (KIPA) and the KI Junior Faculty arranged an event called “From Postdoc to PI: How to make the… Read More From Postdoc to PI: How to Make the Leap?
Have you ever been asked how much time you spend on a specific task for example on grant writing? Then realized you don’t know? If you start logging your time, you can easily answer these questions. You simply look it up and answer something like: “on average over a year, I work X number of… Read More Time logging: the first step to efficient time management
In winter 2016, the need for writing my PhD dissertation was chasing after me. The task was so overwhelming that I did my best to escape by using excuses like I needed to do more experiments and more data analysis, but it finally caught me. Defeated, I sat down to write. “Piled Higher and… Read More How to write a lot during a normal work week