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Tips for mastering time leaks: how to effectively use every minute


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Fact: our most precious resource is our time.

The bad news: life in the digital era can be a major time consumer with little benefits gained at the end of the day.

The good news: it’s at the hand of every person to manage his/her “time leaks” to balance effectiveness with spontaneous.

Here’s a gist of the modern human:

News alerts, emails from the boss, wife texts you on Whatsapp what do about your kid’s horrendous facebook feed, 10 LinkedIn requests awaiting your approval and the digital suction goes on and on 24/7.

With all this going on in the background, you have to meet deadlines, budgets, solve technical issues on a new project, and around 250 unread emails, half is spam and the other half is from people awaiting your actions and decisions. And your boss expects the company’s future pipeline draft by the end of the week, and it better be smart and dripping of novelty.

Is that a knock on the door or is it your exploding brain trying to crack your skull? Do you feel suffocated by the “lack” of time?

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5 software and applications to help you stay on top of things

(C) Mycobacteriophage database

(C) Mycobacteriophage database

When I first sat behind the helm of the R&D management, I had a lot on my mind and on my hands.

And the clock was ticking.

When the R&D team was composed of only myself, I had to be both efficient and very specific with my prioritization. A lab had to be secured, equipped, personnel brought in, regulations set and implemented, and not least important, setting the research goal, scope and stage for the practical stage. To keep myself focused on current tasks and keep the target’s ahead within sight I had used several software products and working methodologies.

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Documentary photography with an iPhone

“Mind the Gap” (c) Chen Guttman, 2014. Taken with Hipstamatic.

Couple of days ago, I have stumbled over The New York Times blog Lens post that reminded me of my own recent experience as a documentary photographer.

The post dealt with the 3rd place winner of the Pictures of The Year competition, Damon Winter, which snapped the winning image via iPhone’s Hipstamatic app. According to the Lens (and the post author ) “Critics have pounced. The debate over the propriety of using apps, already hot, is intensifying”. Personally, I feel Damon is damn right and it doesn’t matter which tool was used for capturing the moment as long as it conveys the autherntic atmosphere, moment, happening and such that matters. Now, how’s this relate to me?

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Starting up 2014

Been a long time since I have written my previous post and for two good reasons.
One, I have got my final thesis approval and will be submitting it in two days.
Second, in the past two weeks I have started working for a biotech startup which keep me busy pretty good.

So, 2014 started for me with ending one chapter in life, and starting another…hope to keep you posted on whatever I can share.


Are life scientists ready for preprints?

Are life scientists ready for preprints?

One of the major fears that stalk every life scientist along his/her career is research/publication scooping. This fear drives many scientists and students to paranoia behavior, limiting discussion with other colleagues (even in the same lab) and presentation of solely published work at conferences, all for the fear of scooping. Will the life scientists eventually follow the path of Mathematics, Astronomy and other accurate sciences widely using various preprints servers? It might happen, though it will require a revolutionary concept, such as suggested below. Keep on reading…

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The CRISPR phenomenon

Cas9, the DNA editor of the CRISPR system. Graphics by Jennifer Doudna/UC Berkeley

“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow” Edward Teller

Scientific progress is the end result of current and past research. Not many scientific discoveries in history have singularly influenced the human kind, especially those that their discovery ignited further rapid successions of discoveries. The development of the atom bomb is one such example, in which 12 years of scientific research brought a concept held by Dr. Leo Szilard (1933) to realization and the devastation of two Japanese cities. The CRISPR phenomenon another discovery associated with rapid technological progression and which inspires so many  scientists world wide.

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10 items you must have when working and commuting

Commuting and working

A century ago, most people worked at their home proximity, most of their day was centered on labor and less on traveling. Today, with the expanding globalization culture and the availability of fast transportation means, many people commute tens and even over hundred kilometers from their home to their place of work. However, fast as transportation is right now, between one to three hours can be wasted due to commuting. Assuming that the average person works ~9 hours a day, this means that at least 10% of our daily time is literally wasted.  In this post I will give tips and ideas how to efficiently use your commuting time to getting things done, whether these are related to the personal or professional aspects of your life.

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