I am a wee bit bossy about sleep and rest. In this post I want to talk about something related: intensity of work, what is normal, and the importance of cycles in the academic year. You are tired at the end of the academic year. I am writing in April. Although the exact dates of the academic year … [Read more...] about Cycles of the academic year & intensity of work
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.
It seems that there is an epidemic of sleep problems and inability to actually relax out there. I’m going to share a few thoughts. Sleep is important. Not only does lack of sleep impair cognitive function, it can mess up your metabolism and cause all kinds of health problems. There is some … [Read more...] about Sleep is not a luxury
Everyone struggles with confidence at least some of the time. While confidence can't be overly reliant on external validation, negative feedback is always difficult, and it's tough to maintain your confidence when external validation is slow in coming. Confidence also depends on things you don't … [Read more...] about Confidence Tricks
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!
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?