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
Planning, or Juggling 101
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.
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
When I write the monthly review newsletter I try to say something specific about that particular month. This is complicated by the international audience for my newsletter. There are different term dates, different holidays, and different weather. I've got newsletter subscribers at all stages of … [Read more...] about Planning for known unknowns
Fatigue impairs cognitive function. In the planning classes I run in the Academic Writing Studio, I talk about the importance of sleep and rest. I suggest things like taking a break away from your desk to each lunch and/or do some kind of movement activity. I talk about doing stretches or … [Read more...] about Are you taking breaks?
I've had a few conversations with clients and colleagues that reminded me that your gremlins might have some very weird rules. "I feel like I've been working really hard but I haven't ticked anything off my to do list." "I have been working really hard and I have nothing to show for … [Read more...] about How to feel like you are moving forward