As a relatively new, green, academic, I've consistently searched for one thing in particular: How other academics sustain success, efficiencey, and productivity. In the 21st century, it is critical for one to #keeplearning. But for the purposes of passing on content to the next generation, it is also important to understand new trends and developments in knowledge, technology, and information in my generation (thanks Ralph Waldo Emerson). That being said, I try to incorportate these things in my workflows at home, work, and elsewhere. Regarding academia, I try to figure out how other academics have successfully managed to 'manage information, disseminate information (teach), and maintain consistencey in their personal lives. This guy is a great example!
I've consistently researched this for 2 primary reasons:
1. They don't teach you how to teach in academia - though they require you to do it well at smaller universities. (sigh..)
2. They don't tell you how to be successful. They just tell you what you need to do in order to get tenure and equate that to lifelong success (which by my definition, isn't success).
My journey isn't complete, but I've found something that seems to be consistent across the blogs and production from several professors/researcher/physicians
Each of them DO - and recommed - the follwing:
1. Understanding how the brain processes information, and aligning those cognative processes with external decisions and actions: The book GTD by David Allen really covers this process from a decision-making standpoint.