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Academic life

Podcasts for academics: my top 5

Podcasts are my go-to entertainment for driving, working out, flying, and long walks. I'll pop one on while I'm cleaning the kitchen or making dinner. Give me some quality Canadian cold case investigations. Teach me Spanish. And let's not forget one of my personal fave genres: the advice podcast. (How I miss you, Dear Sugars).… Continue reading Podcasts for academics: my top 5

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Writing

Writing together: how to make it work

Imagine opening up your paper in progress after three weeks away and finding an extra 500 words, grammar edits, and half the bibliography done. No, it wasn't elves. It was your collaborators, moving the work forward even while you were busy elsewhere. If this sounds like a fantasy, that's because writing together well as academics… Continue reading Writing together: how to make it work

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Time management, Writing

Tech tips for writing and planning

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

Academic life

Vulnerability and academic work

Not surprisingly, the first article I ever submitted for peer review was rejected. When I opened the envelope and saw the decision (yes, this was back in the day when journals still had paper submissions), I immediately stuffed the reviews back into the envelope and shoved the envelope deep in a drawer. I never read… Continue reading Vulnerability and academic work

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