How I work


Sources of citations and references-
  • Standing searches in Sente
  • PubMed and GoogleScholar alerts
  • Blogs, captured with Mendeley browser plugin
    • Currently using Feedly for RSS feeds, but I dislike the interface and requirements to subscribe to Feedly Pro in order to sync with Evernote
Reference management programs-
  • Sente as a front-end tool for standing searches, sorting, categorizing, tagging, annotating PDFs, sharing with colleauges
  • EndNote to export for publishing
  • Mendeley for browsing for new material and catching citations from web browser
Color scheme for article highlighting/annotation-
  • Red – Summary
  • Orange – Important Methodological or Theoretical Information
  • Yellow – Key Information (historical/factual/topical)
  • Green – References (to other background info, papers, specific citations to follow up on)
  • Cyan – Hypotheses and interpretations
  • Magenta – Intertexts, connections to other texts or own projects/ideas, questions for further research

Information Management

  • For important quotes/facts, I use spaced repetition by adding them to Mnemosyne
  • Web clippings/lists in Evernote. I live by Evernote.
  • Databases in DevonThink
  • OmniPlan for Gantt charts and project schedule management
  • OmniGraffle for diagrams, mind maps, organizational charts, and other graphic tools
  • For daily to-do lists: Things (syncs with all iOS devices)
  • General time management: Pomodoro technique


  • state audience at the top of each writing assignment
  • For drafting long pieces (i.e. book chapters), I use Ulysses as a markdown-style text editor.
  • For shorter blog-style posts, I prefer Byword. (I’ve experimented with Scrivener, but it has too many features and I find it distracting.)
  • Mailchimp for monthly newsletter
  • Daily 30-minute freewriting
  • For content drafting-


  • Favorite time to read: 6:30-7a
  • 40-50 book pages daily
  • 3-4 scientific articles daily
  • Reading workflow
    • copious use of writing and underlining
    • personalized TOC and index
    • pull quotes into Evernote upon completion
    • mind map with OmniGraffle
  • reading list managed on Goodreads
  • Book summaries on Blinkist

Body & Mind


  • Yoga (5 sun salutations and asanas)
  • Walking (20 mins daily)
  • 7-minute workout
  • Twice weekly
    • Kettlebell
    • Crossfit exercises (ie burpees)
  • Weekly
    • trail running

Cognitive exercises

  • Dual N-back
  • Quantified Mind
  • Cambridge Brain Science
  • 20-minute daily meditation
  • EFT/tapping as needed