Becoming More Productive: Workflow Strategies for Grad Students

Workshop | October 20 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Graduate students in the Life and Health Sciences disciplines; Becky Miller, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences Librarian; Jeffery Loo, Optometry & Health Sciences Librarian


In this workshop, graduate students from the Life and Health Sciences will present a range of strategies and tools to optimize your workflow. Come learn to be more productive!

There will be a raffle for the audience to WIN GIFT CERTIFICATES!


Diya Das
PhD student in Molecular and Cell Biology, Moore/Sloan Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science
I will discuss how I discovered a workflow that’s allowed me to balance my academic research with a variety of non-academic interests. This software-assisted workflow incorporates both accountability and flexibility needed for experiments and analyses that don’t always finish in the allotted time.

Pierce Gordon
PhD student in the Energy & Resources Group
Finding what works for you is a difficult task. Some tools work perfectly, and some tools you have to make yourself. A favorite book of mine - Bit Literacy - opened up the possibilities of deep organizational capacity. From there, I used - and developed - my own personal network of data to ensure I stay on top of as much as I can. I can’t wait to share my tactics - and learn about yours.

Virginia Markham
PhD student in Plant and Microbial Biology
Study after study has indicated that multi-tasking can severely reduce productivity. Meanwhile the technique of ‘batching’—performing related tasks all at once—is all the rage. In transitioning my productivity strategy from ‘winging it’ to batching, I’ve found batching has dramatically improved both my productivity and peace of mind.

Victor Villalobos
Public Health Doctoral student in Behavioral Design
“Circadian Clocks, Habits and Productivity” - Human bodies are biological machines. Recently, the concept of “habit formation” has spread across the “pop” psychology literature. I will discuss these two concepts around the idea of intellectual optimization.

 Students - Graduate