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.
As August nears and September looms, many academics feel a rising sense of panic: there's only a month left to WRITE ALL THE THINGS! At least, this is what we tell ourselves. There's a common belief that it's all but impossible to find quality time for writing, reading, or research once the fall semester hits.… Continue reading Reclaiming your time: laying the groundwork now