Beginning of term chaos is temporary

In the northern hemisphere the new academic year is about to begin. It doesn’t matter if this is your first year in the job or your 20th. The beginning of term is chaos. This is temporary. It will only last a week or two. Then you will settle into the normal rhythm of term time. Adjust […]

Turning Summer Writing Plans into Autumn Writing Plans

Back in May, I wrote a post about Summer Writing Plans. In it I suggested “The kind of writing you want to prioritize in the summer is the kind that really benefits from long stretches of time and intense focus.” and that you don’t necessarily want to finish things in the summer. The final stages […]

How much writing can you do in term time?

When I say “You can write during term time”, I don’t mean you can write for an hour or more a day. A privileged few have the teaching and service load that makes that possible. Most people would find that a challenge. Similarly blocking off a whole day every week for research/writing is challenging for […]

It IS possible to write during term time

It’s hard to write during term time. But it is possible. Let’s take a closer look at what your term looks like Some of your work is scheduled. You know that you will be teaching that class every Tuesday at 2 p.m. (or whatever) for the next 10 weeks or so. You’ve probably also scheduled […]

End of summer panic

As the long summer break nears an end and the beginning of the academic year looms larger on the horizon, you may have a tendency to panic about your writing and research. You wonder whether you’ve done enough over the summer. You fear that you won’t get to it at all once teaching, student advising, […]