Another issue that came up in Office Hours recently was this feeling that things that should take 15 minutes are taking 3 hours, or just a general feeling that you aren't really accomplishing anything. (Office Hours is a group coaching session I do with members of the Academic Writing Studio. We … [Read more...] about Time perception and how long things actually take
Developing a Practice
Your academic life is more than a string of articles published, classes taught, and meetings attended. You write because this is how you articulate and develop your ideas. You publish to communicate those ideas to others. Posts in this category help you develop the practices you need to do the work you love well without burning out or compromising your values.
You Need a Writing Practice is a good place to start to investigate the Writing subcategory.
Juggling 101: Elements of a good plan is a good place to start investigating the Planning subcategory.
One of the things you value about an academic career is the considerable autonomy it affords you. This autonomy is not absolute and always involves making difficult decisions to manage your workload. (see Flexibility, autonomy, and boundaries and Unpacking "busy" the importance of being proactive … [Read more...] about Autonomy in pandemic conditions
I've been working from home for over 10 years now and the question of pyjamas versus getting dressed properly is a pretty standard one amongst the work at home crowd. Academics often work at home at least some of the time. At least, those in the humanities and social sciences whose research does not … [Read more...] about The case for getting dressed for work
As I watch all the academic twitter conversations about transitioning to remote teaching and generally figuring out how we live and work in pandemic conditions, I see a lot of people being surprised at how tired they are. Emotional labour is a big part of why. It is easy to dismiss emotional … [Read more...] about Emotional labour is real work
My business is all about helping academics juggle their work and life responsibilities so they can get the important stuff done. I focus on writing (e.g. Academic Writing Studio) because that's the one area of academic work that seems to get pushed aside for more urgent things. Finding time for … [Read more...] about Adjusting to pandemic conditions, part 1