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Academic life

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

Time management

Summer writing: Unstructured time

One of the biggest challenges of summer is figuring out how to be productive in the midst of unstructured time. If you're anything like me, unscheduled hours are both tantalizing and terrifying. Many of us thrive in busy periods, even though we know the stress isn't great for us. Some of the most productive periods… Continue reading Summer writing: Unstructured time

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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