Managing yourself: Surround yourself with the proper tools you need for your job
Ever since I knew that I would be an academic (probably around when I was 10 and realized that bookworms would probably end up being academics, be it professors, researchers or both), I figured I needed to enable myself with tools that made my life easier. I may live a frugal life, but I will never scrimp on stuff to make my life easier. Yes, I know that having a DSLR would probably be nice for my blog, but as I am a full-time professor, I really don’t think I need one right now.
But what I realized since I was little that I did need was a book stand (as pictured below) that would enable me to have a panoramic view of the papers I was taking notes from, to hold books, or simply to organize my own notes, while typing. I write a lot on my laptop, but I am very much a fan of desktop computers. As I was writing a paper yesterday, I realized that had I not asked my carpenter to build the book holder, I would probably have a disaster of books and articles on my desk. This contraption facilitates my work like very few other things do.
So I recommend that you should always surround yourself with the proper tools you need for your job. Don’t scrimp on stuff that facilitates your work. If you write a lot, consider ergonomic keyboards, chairs, etc. This is actually a piece of advice that JT gave me a few years ago: don’t be cheap on the computer chairs you use. And I completely agree. Same with other contraptions that I use for my academic work.