Academic work involves long projects. Of the five Lesser known lessons from academia Daniel McCormack discusses, three are about the difficulties of long projects. (He goes into some detail about each of these. I encourage you to read what he has to say in addition to my thoughts.) I want to focus … [Read more...] about Managing long term projects
The title is a rhetorical question. I know writing is real work, otherwise I wouldn't be running a business supporting academic writers. You know it’s real work. Not only is that, you know it is the work that is going to be most valued when it comes to hiring, promotion, and whatnot. Despite knowing … [Read more...] about Are you treating writing as real work?
Sometimes you sit down and try to write and you just can’t. Resistance may show up as procrastination, or writer’s block, or gremlins shouting louder than usual about how you are not qualified to do this, or something else. The root of your resistance may be emotional, or you may just be really … [Read more...] about A strategy to overcome resistance to write
Grading is dispiriting at the best of times. There is too much of it to do to a very tight deadline. And despite the occasional brilliant paper or clear demonstration that students are getting it, there are too many opportunities to doubt your own performance as a teacher. Are you further … [Read more...] about Writing is NOT a reward for getting your grading done
You are smart and competent. You work in an environment that values autonomy. You value autonomy. You feel like you should be able to do things yourself. However, you are also part of a complex division of labour in which other people's work supports your daily existence. You probably don't grow … [Read more...] about Autonomy & asking for help