You know all about perfectionism and why it isn't equivalent to "striving for excellence" but is actually a psychological problem that seriously hampers your work. (If you don't read the pieces linked here, and maybe talk to a mental health professional.) But I bet you still think striving for … [Read more...] about Don’t do your best!
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.
This is a question that comes up a lot in advice about academic writing, or any kind of writing really. And it came up during the December 2018 Planning Your Winter Semester class in the Academic Writing Studio. A lot of people encourage you to write every day. You may think that because I have … [Read more...] about Write every day?
There are a lot of tasks that when done well no one even notices. They are essential to the smooth running of your department, institution, and scholarly association, and yet they are often invisible. Even if doing the actual tasks gets some recognition, thinking about what needs to be done and … [Read more...] about Academic citizenship & getting better at saying no
It’s all well and good for people to tell you “You need to get better at saying no” but there are lots of good reasons saying no is difficult. Even the people giving you that advice aren’t very good at hearing no when it’s them asking you to do things. The upside of the autonomy you have in … [Read more...] about Before you can say no …
Today’s article is the latest in a series on Optimizing Focus. Finding it hard to focus is normal. Self-flagellation does not work to improve your focus. Furthermore it takes time and energy that takes you away from your writing; it is another distraction. I firmly believe that you can approach your … [Read more...] about Optimizing Focus: Meditation as practice & metaphor