Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Join the Inbox Zero Movement

I have 6 email accounts and two of the best moments of my workday startup and shutdown are getting to Inbox Zero. At first, it may seem hard, but once you start and create the habit, these are two victories in your day, every day. These are the five tips I’ve learned from experience. Folders […]

Don’t memorize when you can question

I remember one time I proposed several exercises for continuous evaluation and one of them was in the exam. Moreover, I solved all the proposed problems at the beginning of each theoretical class. The intention was to stimulate students to come to class and learn, but I was wrong. At the exam, I realized I […]

Spreading and Sharing Ideas

You’re welcome to use this article as boredom training for 2-3min. In Chris Bailey’s new book Hyperfocus, boredom is an excellent tool for training daydreaming, where creativity may flourish. Thus, the challenge is reading until the end and if you get bored, start daydreaming. In TED talks, the motto is “ideas worth spreading,” which is […]

The Boiling Water Effect – how environments change what you are and do

Boiling water softens a potato and hardens an egg. Same environment, completely different outcomes. I’ve used both experiments in my heat transfer classes to explain how heat conduction leads to the evolution of temperature in time. This heat transfer mechanism relies on the molecular connection in any material. If one molecule has more energy than […]

Simple lesson from Black Friday

“Black Friday” is a term already associated with consumerism. Some people lose their minds and buy what they don’t need since everything is affordable. Is it possible to learn anything from this experience? The name “black” came from the fact many shops change the red line in their sales to a black line. However, I […]

Crossing the lines

In a major city, every road has lines. The code says you can cross dashed lines, but not continues ones unless you’re in an emergency. People in a hurry forget about the code and cross whatever lines they need to get where they want, regardless of others. These people think they’re smart. Those who reach […]

The secret to avoid rejection when you create

Too busy to create or too fearful of being rejected? No one likes when others reject what we made. Everything we create comes from a personal experience with the work created. This is the reason why so many of us lose more time than we should with details while presenting our work. We want others […]

Bright Moments

Who doesn’t like bright moments? Moments when everything becomes clear. Moments of innovative and unexpected ideas. Moments you said the right word at the right time to the right person. Yet, some moments are so bright, you recognize the light, but something is wrong. And what seemed to be the right path, is not the […]

A simple tip to improve how your experience time

I don’t know about you, but most people I know complain about not having time. They want to write but don’t have time. They would like to paint but don’t have time. They would like to go out and have fun but don’t have time. The words ”I don’t have time” seem to give a […]

Connecting Dots

We all aspire to have a worthy life, perform at work and be successful. But how do we move from aspirations to accomplishments? Connecting dots. Our life is a story of events. If you consider each event as a dot, your life is the story of connecting dots. There are no days without hours. If […]