There are two very useful R packages which are essential for heavy R users: dplyr and readr. The first one is to manipulate data in a more intuitive manner, and the second one is for reading csv files with a bit more options than the native R packages.
This is a nice list with a lot of resources for those of us who are learning English, ranging from dictionaries to thesauri.
The book is an easy read, but it has enough information to understand better why we procrastinate (leave things for later). This way, you can at least be an informed procrastinator. It is also well written and pleasant to read.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to discipline anyway. There is no secret formula nor a perfect trick. However, reading it can help to focus your energy strategically when it comes to reduce procrastination.
The book can be summarized into the following ideas:
- Delaying something does not equal to procrastinate. A delay can be a simple delay, but procrastination is when you actively postpone something.
- Procrastination costs. Being aware makes it easier to stop delaying work.
- You don’t have to feel good to work. Indeed, you should work even when not feeling like it.
- You won’t feel like doing it tomorrow. Period.
- All these phrases we say to «defend» our procrastination are rationalizations. Be aware of them and stop repeating them.
- Just get started. Now.
- Be prepared to deal with distractions, obstacles and setbacks.
- Do the hardest things while you still have willpower. Willpower is limited and at some point will end.
- Your personality might be leading you into procrastination, but you can adapt.
- Stop saying «it will only take a minute». It won’t.
I also appreciated the book being so small. One can read it in one single day and then go back to work which is what we were trying to avoid. Would recommend it. Will recommend it.
I came to notice the work of Emily Carrol. Her work is just amazing!
My favourite: His face all red.
Here are some interesting links i have in my bookmarks:
- How is Research Blogged? A Content Analysis Approach HT @FromTheLabBench
- The Science of Science Blogging Literature HT @FromTheLabBench. Interesting for those who try, like me, to start blogging.
- Academic Tweets. Via @freakonometrics. I have seen a lot of blog posts like this, but this one is quite interesting for me. First, because it is well structured. And second, because it is written by an economist.
- Academic blogging. A personal experience. HT @freakonometrics.
- The role of blogging in academia. By the same author.