You write. You publish. You teach.
The evidence is there. You are not struggling.
And yet …
You are frustrated by how hard it is sometimes to find the time you need to do that work.
You know what works for you but you struggle to actually fit that into your schedule, especially during term.
Maybe, you feel undervalued and worry that you won’t get promoted because you aren’t doing the right things.
Or you’ve taken on new responsibilities that threaten to throw your established work habits into disarray.
What if you could be this productive but less stressed
What if you didn’t have to work 60 or 80 hours a week to get all this done?
What if you didn’t feel guilty when you spent the day with your partner, or your kids, or just reading a book for pleasure?
What if you had someone you could talk to about your doubts, frustrations, and other negative emotions? Someone that wasn’t your partner and wasn’t competing with you for grant funding?
What if you had permission to give priority to writing, in the middle of the day on a week day? Or to say no to that service request? Or to limit the time and energy you give to your students?
Imagine the academic life you would really like to have.
It would include all the best parts of what you have now. It might also include some things you wish you had but have set aside as impossible dreams.
What if those dreams were possible? What if you could get there from here?
What small things could you do to move in the direction of that even better academic life?
My clients have come to me for a whole range of specific things:
- Grant proposals
- Job applications (and then preparing for interviews)
- Writing (often so they are in a better position to get a grant, a job, a promotion)
- Making tough decisions
- Settling into a new job
- Taking on new responsibilities (e.g. managing a large collaborative grant)
- Figuring out where they want their career to go next
In addition to helping you move tangibly closer to those goals, working with me also changes the way your work feels.
You’re more excited about your work. You feel more in control of what you are doing and why. You might be just as busy but you’re more focused on the work you really value.
Your work feels less fragmented and more coherent.
The frustrating stuff that happens around you takes less of your time and energy. That stuff still happens but you find it easier to ignore what you can’t do anything about and focus on what you can do.
You have time and energy to do stuff with your partner, kids, and friends that has nothing to do with work, without thoughts about work invading.
In other words, you are less stressed, more content, and engaged, all of which sets the stage for being a much better academic.
How it works
We start with a 1-hour telephone conversation. During that first phone call we’ll situate your specific goal in a wider context, clarify what you need for this step and how that fits into the bigger picture, and work out some strategies that will work for you to get there.
One session will make a tangible difference. Depending on your specific needs, you might decide to work with me on an ongoing basis.
How much is this going to cost?
A 1-hour phone conversation is $225 (+ applicable taxes)
After that, the price depends on what you need.
Here are the tools we might use:
- more telephone calls
- weekly e-mail updates
- worksheets to address specific issues
- colouring pages (yes, really)
- feedback on documents you send me
Email support = $95/month (subscription)
more telephone sessions = $225 each
Grant proposal development support, from $675 (including initial session) depending on the grant.