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Academic life

Institutional problems/individual sacrifices

Raise your hand if any of the following statements sound familiar: "I can't take a course release because there won't be anyone to teach that topic.""We have to raise the enrolment cap on classes otherwise students who need the credits won't get in.""I can't take a break over the summer because there's no one else… Continue reading Institutional problems/individual sacrifices

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Academic life

Change your email habits, change your life

If I had to pick one change I made in my work life that made the biggest difference, it would be how I approach email. I know from working with dozens of clients that email is one of the top issues getting in the way of writing, time management, and general peace of mind. Despite… Continue reading Change your email habits, change your life

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Academic life

Why I don’t work on airplanes

For the first time in over two years, I'm flying to attend conferences, book fairs, and seminars. My carry-on items will include my e-reader, noise-cancelling headphones, and an in-flight version of a snuggie. They will not include anything to do with work. I'll be re-instituting a rule I made for myself several years ago: no… Continue reading Why I don’t work on airplanes