One of the elements of a good plan is boundaries. Boundaries enable you to juggle your various different responsibilities without having too many balls in the air at once. According to the OED the term boundary has the sense of both the thing which serves to mark the limits of something and the … [Read more...]
Planning, or Juggling 101
My approach to planning focuses on 3 key elements: Priorities, Boundaries, Slack. If you have come here because you are overwhelmed start with the Emergency Planning Technique. Once you've got things calmed down, you can then consider making a plan to keep things from getting out of control.
A good plan can reduce the stress and overwhelm you experience trying to juggle all your different responsibilities. This is why I have developed planning classes for members of the Academic Writing Studio. In this rather long post, I set out the fundamental principles that guide my planning … [Read more...]
Writing is a core activity for academics. I advocate establishing a writing practice, and making writing a priority when you plan. Finding and protecting time for writing, especially during the parts of the year when you are teaching, is difficult. It may be helpful to consider the different kinds … [Read more...]
As I write this, there has been an escalation of white supremacist activity in the US, and the generally difficult political climate in both the US and the UK has not really become less difficult than when I wrote Part 1. Part 1 is still relevant and deals with how to make decisions and make time … [Read more...]
Rachael Herron has written eloquently about how crazy the idea of early morning writing sounds and how well it worked for her once she tried it. And her day job (before she quit to write full time) started even earlier in the morning than yours does. “Every time the alarm went off, it was … [Read more...]