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

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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

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Writing

Summer writing: Getting real

First post in a series about summer writing... Spring is an optimistic time of year. For many academics, the prospect of a summer without teaching and service responsibilities means precious time to conduct fieldwork, catch up on reading, and perhaps most importantly, WRITE. Ambitious goals abound. This is the summer I'll finish my dissertation. I'll… Continue reading Summer writing: Getting real