If You Can’t Hack It, Try This . . .

How are you hacking it? Is some aspect of life too much for you?

A new section of my blog will be devoted to life-hacking skills. It’s called “If You Can’t Hack It, Try This.” I made the first entry yesterday, on why it’s a good idea to leave your email alone first thing in the morning. More posts are on their way. There will be items on information management (now called “information farming” by some), efficient use of the internet for personal productivity, planning and completing projects, productivity tools, recommended websites, book reviews, writing strategies, study tips, and more.

As a university teacher, author, and speaker, my challenges may be different than yours. Let me know through the comments link below if there are topics you’d like to see considered. And if you have suggestions for things to try in some area where it’s hard to hack it, why not post them using the comments link?

About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

2 Responses to If You Can’t Hack It, Try This . . .

  1. douggeivett says:


    Thanks for raising these excellent questions. In response, I’ve started a separate series of posts on “Hacking the ABD Life,” with two installments so far.

    I look forward to your continued participation in these threads.



  2. Nate says:

    Thanks for the helpful post on the dangers of email! I, for one, needed that advice.

    Here I’d like to raise another productivity-related topic that may be good to discuss in a different post. As a current ABD who will soon be on the job market, I am trying to organize a research program that will make me competitive for good jobs (and eventually, a good candidate for tenure). But as a young scholar, it can be quite difficult to discern which projects are really worth taking on. This is in part because it can be difficult to discern which portions of “the literature” are most in need of further discussion.

    It can also be difficult to determine where to send one’s work once it is ready for submission. Should one “go for broke” and send that dissertation chapter to a top-tier journal (where competition is fierce)? Or is one better advised to submit to a middle-or-lower-tier journal where it has a better shot at acceptance? Finally, how are departments likely to weigh such items as survey articles, book reviews, and edited books? Is it worthwhile (for hiring and tenure purposes) for young scholars to engage in such projects? Or should one focus on publishing one’s own original work?

    Of course, many of these questions can only really be answered on a case by case basis. But what are the general guiding principles here?


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