without falling all over yourself to make it seem okay So you've decided to say no to something. Now what? How are you going to write that email and sound clear, confident, and firm in your response? In this post, I'm going to share some techniques, scripts, and general advice on how to craft a… Continue reading Scripts for saying no
A restful and productive sabbatical
I'm just starting my 2nd year-long sabbatical. A privilege, I know, only afforded those with tenure-track/tenured positions and a decent employment contract. My 1st sabbatical didn't really go as planned (I guess we all know what happens to best laid plans). But I did learn a few things and get some good advice that I'd… Continue reading A restful and productive sabbatical
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
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
Why do academics work with a coach?
I have a guest blog post up at The Organized Academic! If the sheer amount of advice out there for academics is any indication, faculty and grad students are hungry for tools and ideas to help them work and live better. There’s a lot of very good advice to be found, but figuring out how,… Continue reading Why do academics work with a coach?