Are you tempted to binge write for the last few weeks of the break?

I’ve written before about the mis-use of the term “binge writing”. I don’t just mean writing for long periods of time, which is what you’ve probably been doing all summer. I mean binging: Are you tempted to push yourself beyond what you know from experience is the optimum amount of writing you can do well […]

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 […]