Flexibility, autonomy, and boundaries

One of the things you love about academic work is the flexibility and the autonomy. You don’t have to be in the office at 9 a.m. every morning. You don’t even have to be in the office every day. In theory you could take Wednesday off to go for a nice long hike and then work […]

What are you waiting for?

Are there things you’d really love to be doing but aren’t? It could be anything spending more time with your kids writing something different from what you’ve been writing using your research to serve the needs of some community … You are probably telling yourself some story about why you can’t do it. That story […]

When your work doesn’t look like work

You’re tired of the popular misconception that academics get the whole summer off. In fact, you may have such grand plans for your summer that you aren’t going to get the rest and relaxation in that you need to carry you through the autumn semester. Are you letting that public perception affect how you work? […]

Are you taking long weekends?

Canada Day (July 1) is on a Tuesday this year. I know that many people (in non-academic jobs) will take the whole week off because they only need 4 vacation days. Others will use just 1 vacation day to get a 4 day weekend. US Independence Day is on a Friday, giving many people a natural long […]

What do you want to accomplish in July and August?

At this time of year some of my readers are half-way through their long summer break and others are just beginning. Whichever camp you are in, there is still a substantial chunk of time left to make progress on the projects you have trouble giving your full attention when you are teaching. You may want […]