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Academic life

Academic hustle culture: why are we glorifying burnout and overwork?

Academic work is never really finished. Every paper could use more edits. The literature review will never be exhaustive. You can never be too prepared for class. I've found that academic work will expand to fill every hour you're willing to give it. And your institution, colleagues, supervisors, and students will be only too happy to take as much as you can give.

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Academic life

It’s never too soon to save

No, I'm not talking about saving money (although that's pretty important, too). "It's never too soon to save" is a little mental reminder that I periodically chant when I'm writing. Yeah, it seems painfully obvious. Save your work. Back up your data. But, like saving money, it's something a lot of us either put off,… Continue reading It’s never too soon to save

Academic life, Coaching

Academic career coaches: 5 ways we can help

Ever wonder if hiring an academic career coach might be right for you? Academic work is often very solitary. There's an assumption that everyone just "knows" how to succeed. In this context, it can be hard to look for mentorship, support, or advice. But it's more than okay to want things to be better. Here… Continue reading Academic career coaches: 5 ways we can help

Academic life

Either/or thinking and the beliefs that hold us down

Academia is full of either/or beliefs. You can either be a strong researcher or a stellar teacher. You can either have work-life balance or a successful career. You can either take care of your mental health or excel in your job. You can either get a tenure track job and be happy or be stuck in non-TT, non-ac jobs and be miserable. You can either be an administrator or a faculty member. And so on.