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: Self-care
Self-care is not a luxury. Self-care is the foundation of everything else you do. You need sleep, good food, exercise, love, nature, etc. We could debate Cartesian dualism all day but you have a body and it needs to be looked after or you can't do anything with your mind.
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
In the past week or so I've had a few conversations with clients about the relationship between accomplishing their writing goals for the semester and taking a real break over the Christmas holiday. As one of them put it How do I not feel guilty? Here are some elements that were common to the … [Read more...] about Taking a real break between semesters
A couple of recent client conversations renewed my motivation to write more about managing the number of things you are juggling. Those conversations made me realize that you want to say yes to things. You value community, collaboration, and collegiality. So I'm writing a Short Guide to Saying No … [Read more...] about Introducing That Selfish Bastard
Just because your work doesn’t always look like work doesn’t mean you don’t get to take a real vacation. You already deserve this vacation; it’s not a reward for achieving summer goals. In fact, not only do you deserve a vacation, you need a vacation. You work hard. Fatigue impairs cognitive … [Read more...] about How to take a vacation