Welcome to the first installment of Ask an Academic, a new series on the blog where I answer reader questions about all things academic. Today's letter comes from a reader in Moncton, a location shockingly nearby to my current hometown of Sackville. Go New Brunswick! Getting organized Dear Leslie, I would love advice on how… Continue reading Help! How do I organize my digital documents so I can stop wasting time searching?
It's Labour Day weekend, and in Canada, that means the school year for everyone from kindergartners to university students kicks off on Tuesday. The long weekend is always a nice way to mark the end of summer. And what teacher doesn't want an extra day to prepare, amiright? Maybe I've been at this long enough… Continue reading Teaching time! Keep calm and lecture on
I always learn a lot from my coaching clients. Sometimes they share their favourite tech tips: software and apps that help them write, revise, stay organize, and plan their days. This week I thought I would pass on some of their suggestions, as well as a few of my own. I haven't tried all of… Continue reading Tech tips for writing and planning
Anyone like horror movies? I haven't seen this new one called Midsommar, but I assume it's about a bunch of academics panicking over the fact that the countdown to the academic year is now measured in weeks rather than months. If you're starting to feel anxious, worried, or sad about the end of summer, you're… Continue reading Midsummer anxieties
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