How to boost your productivity

Are you drowning in constant emails, phone calls, paperwork, interruptions and meeting actions? You need to work smarter.

Now, if you’re looking at us to give you some tips on how to do this, let me set you straight. We all need to learn to work smarter. Yes, even us.

And since we didn’t have the answers, we went searching and come up trumps with this handy little eBook in our Books 24×7 database:

Smart Work is the busy professional’s guide to getting organised in the digital workplace.

This book ‘throws you a lifeline by showing you how to take advantage of your digital tools to reprioritise, refocus and get back to doing the important work’.

According to Smart Work, one way to boost productivity is to reduce email noise (Chapter 4):

Minimise the emails hitting your inbox
Manage the amount of information and junk emails in your inbox by setting up filing rules, unsubscribing from distributions lists (when they add no value) and reporting spam.

Turn off email alerts
Research ‘suggests that the intrusion of constant email alerts causes a loss of focus and can lead to our concentration work taking one-third longer to complete’.

Check email proactively
Schedule time to check your emails. Crowley suggests you should ‘aim to put aside two, maybe three blocks of time during each day to process your emails’.

Batch information emails to be reviewed later
Keep all your valuable, not time-critical, information emails in one convenient location. Simply, create a separate folder and use either a manual or an automated strategy to direct relevant mail into it. Then, just allocate time to read the messages.

Delete decisively
Be ruthless.

Manage other people’s expectations
When you receive an email that isn’t a priority for you, be sure to set a clear expectation about the work and when you will be able to do it. The SSSH strategy can help you with this (see Chapter 4 for details).


What you need to know about accessing eBooks

What you need to know about accessing eBooks

Griffith has purchased or subscribed to over 300,000 eBooks on various platforms. ProQuest Ebook Central has become Griffith’s largest platform.

Now, we are sure you and your students are loving how accessible eBooks are. Students can access them 24/7 from anywhere with internet connectivity (and a mobile device, of course!).

But we understand you also have concerns about eBooks and ironically, this is mostly to do with access.

So every now and again, your students may not be able to access an eBook. This is probably because the eBook has a user limit.

For example, we may only have subscribed to three copies of that particular eBook, and three other students are currently using it.

There is a workaround to this problem. Tell your students not to leave their exam or assignment prep to the night before. Every person and their dog will be trying to access the same eBook at that time. There will be access issues for sure!

Ask them to try and access the book at different times of the day. We recommend early morning!

There are also limits to copying, printing and downloading our eBooks.

Now, with ProQuest Ebook Central, students can copy 20% of an eBook within a 24-hour period. And they can print or download 40% of an eBook’s total pages within a 24-hour period. That’s because ProQuest Ebook Central resets every 24 hours.

This screenshot shows the user limit for an eBook and the number of pages that remain each day to copy, print or chapter download.

If you or your students experience problems with access to our eBooks, please email library@griffith.edu.au and your request will get through to the right people.

Do you want to use an eBook for your course? The easiest way is to fill out the Suggest a Purchase form.


Does torture work?

Photo of hands in handcuffs

Well, you’ll have to read John W. Schiemann’s book to find out.

In his 2015 publication, Does Torture Work?, Schiemann ‘examines whether interrogational torture is effective in obtaining valuable information and at what cost in terms of torture’s brutality and frequency’ (taken from abstract).

According to the abstract, the book ‘draws on historical accounts, previously secret CIA documents in the war on terrorism, and the proposals advanced by torture proponents to build a game theoretic model of interrogational torture’.

‘Illustrating the model outcomes with narratives from Pinochet’s Chile to Algeria to the use of enhanced interrogation techniques against Al Qaeda operatives at CIA black sites, the book compares the results of the model with proponent benchmarks on information reliability, torture frequency, and torture severity’.

In his book, Schiemann shows that ‘interrogational torture fails to reliably generate valuable information but will be both more frequent and more brutal than proponents expect and are willing to accept. Having shown that interrogational torture is ineffective, the book then demonstrates just why and how it fails’.

You can read this book online via the Oxford Scholarship Online: Political Science database.

The database contains the full text and abstracts of classic and newly published Oxford books in the areas of political science – from Comparative Politics to Political Theory, International Relations to European Union Studies.


10 ways to spot deception

Female teenager covering her mouth

Being able to understand body language is almost like reading people’s minds. And wouldn’t we all love to know what our colleagues (read: boss) are thinking.

If you want to learn how to use body language to enhance your personal and business relationships, you should read Body Language for Dummies by Elizabeth Kuhnke (2015).

Kuhnke teaches you how to interpret what people really mean by observing their posture, gestures, eye movements, and more. Body Language for Dummies is your guide to decoding body language, and adjusting your own habits to improve your interactions with others.

The Body Language for Dummies eBook is available in Books24x7 BusinessPro Collection database.

How do you know if someone is deceiving you? Here are 10 ways to spot a liar (see Chapter 17, ‘Ten ways to spot deception’, Body Language for Dummies).

  • Fleeting facial expressions
    Look for muscular twitches, dilation and contraction of the pupils, flushed cheeks and sweating. Disregard this if your suspected fibber has just returned from running an errand outside in forty degree heat!
  • Suppressed facial expressions
    Lady Gaga sang ‘he can’t read my poker face’. But you can! Concealing an expression or emotion takes effort. Look for narrowed eyes, a tense forehead and twitching lips.
  • Little or no eye contact
    Possible signs of deception include eye rubbing, and an inability to look you in the eye. There’s also a small possibility they just have something in their eye, or you have remnants of lunch stuck between your teeth and they are embarrassed for you.
  • Covering the face
    Do you typically put you hand to your mouth when you tell a porky? So do others.
  • Touching the nose
    ‘When someone lies, it releases chemicals called catecholamines, causing the nasal tissues to swell’ says Kuhnke (Chapter 17). ‘This is known as the Pinocchio Response because the nose becomes slightly enlarged…’ And this means the storyteller will touch, tug or scratch their schnoz. On the other hand, they could have allergies, a cold or a rogue nose hair…

What are the other five signs of a fibber? You’ll have to read the book to find out!


Hey dummies! Did you know there is an eBook for that?

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Photo: Instagram user @conneontheroad

For Dummies is a book series you are probably already familiar with.  Maybe you’ve navigated your way around a foreign country with one of their handy travel guides or used one to navigate a tricky Microsoft or Adobe program.

For Dummies is widely known for providing non-intimidating introductory guides on a seemingly never-ending range of topics. And you have access to a number of them online!  (But not the travel guides. Sorry!) Read the rest of this entry »


You wouldn’t read about it! Watch videos in the Books 24×7 database

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You probably already know about all the business, technical and engineering eBooks available in the Books24x7 database. But did you know that it now includes video?

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Finding it all a bit taxing? We have a solution for you

CCH

Finding it all a bit taxing? Don’t worry, we have a solution for you. Until June 2016, you have access to the CCH Australian eBooks. CCH Australia is a leading business publisher in Tax, Accounting & Financial Planning and Corporate & Business Law.

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