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
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
This week's blog was supposed to be about mid-semester productivity. But I had the chance to share some exciting news via Twitter recently: The "Feminist City: A Field Guide" full manuscript has been submitted! I daydreamed the idea on a drive home from Halifax in December 2017. I didn't necessarily plan for it to go… Continue reading How I wrote my book
Many people equate procrastination (in themselves and others) with laziness or a lack of willpower. Others suggest it's born out of anxiety, perfectionism, fear of failure, and even shame. Either way, it doesn't seem like something you can just stop doing though sheer force of will. But what about all the time you're wasting by putting off your work?