Academic life

The work versus the job

An academic job is actually many jobs in one: teacher, administrator, researcher, writer, mentor, project manager, curriculum developer, public expert... I could go on. So how do you decide, on any given day, where to invest your time, energy, hope, and aspirations? Last week I was away on a writing retreat with three colleagues with… Continue reading The work versus the job

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Writing

Summer writing: Make your plan

This is the third post in a series about summer writing. Read the first and second installments at the links! Are you ready to start planning for a great summer? Hopefully you've done the preparation work I suggest in the first two Summer Writing posts. There's no point in planning if you're not willing to… Continue reading Summer writing: Make your plan

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Writing

Summer writing: Pre-planning for the win

This is the second post in a series about summer writing plans... check out the first post here. Last week I wrote about 5 traps that can easily derail your best laid summer writing plans. These included: unrealistic goals, magical thinking about time, unstructured time, forgetting to rest, and diminishing momentum. For me, unstructured time… Continue reading Summer writing: Pre-planning for the win

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.

Time management

Reclaiming your time: laying the groundwork now

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