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8 Writing Productivity Methods To Try Out

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There are a lot of productivity methods and techniques out there. The key is to experiment. You should figure out not only what works for you, but what works for your specific writing goal. In this post, I suggest 8 writing productivity methods to try out. 
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Words, Pages, or Hours? How to Measure Writing Productivity

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When most people set daily writing goals, they typically aim to measure their progress through words, pages, or hours. Selecting which measure to use is not always clear. This post offers considerations and insights for selecting among words, pages, or hours to measure writing productivity.
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6 Resources for Improving Grammar

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In 10th grade, my English teacher went rogue and decided to deviate from the curriculum and teach us grammar for two weeks. That pretty much sums up my direct grammar training prior to university. When I started my doctoral studies, I felt that I was a decent writer, but I lacked confidence when it came to understanding grammar. In this post, I will walk you through my top 6 resources for...

A Method for Dealing with Chaotic Writing Drafts

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Sometimes blank pages are daunting. In other instances, pages filled with chaotic notes, thoughts, and semi-formed paragraphs can be just as overwhelming. I want to share a method that I used when my dissertation chapters started to fill up as I got deeper into writing. It’s fairly simple, but it was really effective and helped me to continue writing at a steady pace. This post will explain...

5 Useful Shortcuts When Reading Adobe PDFs

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Anytime I am writing an academic piece, I feel like I have at least 20 PDFs open. Sometimes these PDFs can be quite long. If you want to navigate PDFs more efficiently, this short post offers 5 useful shortcuts when reading Adobe PDFs.
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A Method for Completing Challenging Tasks

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When I was writing my dissertation, I got stuck on certain chapters and sections. This threw off all my well-intentioned writing plans. The reason I was stuck is the part of the reason many people struggle to complete challenging tasks on their to-do lists. In this post, I will walk you through a method for tackling those tasks along with my experiences.
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SAA 2017: A Quick Recap & Tips for Students

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The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) took place in Vancouver, Canada from March 29 – April 2, 2017. Each year the SAA hosts one of the largest gatherings of archaeologists in the world. In short, it is a massive conference with a lot going on.
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List of Archaeology Grants from the July 2016 #grantsforarchs Twitter Campaign

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During the month of July 2016 I tweeted (@travellingarch) over 60 grant opportunities relevant to archaeologists! If you missed #grantsforarchs, don’t worry! You can always check out the hashtag on Twitter or refer to this blog post, which lists all the grants I advertised. From study abroad to language learning to fieldwork awards, there is something for everyone. If you want more tips for...

Smiti Nathan

I’m an archaeologist that travels around the world for both work and pleasure. I have a penchant for exploring ancient and modern places and the people, plants, and foods entangled in them. I write about archaeology, travel, and productivity.

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