I have written over 400 posts since 2009. Most of them on topics which are of continuing relevance. The blog format, in which posts are displayed in reverse chronological order, is not the best way to display this material. I have instead created a Library.
I periodically add new material, update posts, and cull posts that are no longer relevant. The categories, accessible as a drop down menu in the nav bar, will assist you in navigating the site. The posts linked below will introduce you to the main categories. Tags have been assigned somewhat less systematically but are visible in each post and can be used to find related entries.
Important themes (start here)
These longer link-heavy posts introduce you to the main ideas and categories. I’ve created audio versions so you can listen to them while you cook, commute, or work out.
A better metaphor than balance because it acknowledges the number and variety of responsibilities you are trying to find time for. This post sets out some key principles.
Of all the responsibilities you juggle, writing is perhaps the most frustrating. It’s very important to your career and your identify, but it’s also incredibly difficult to find time for, especially during teaching terms.
It’s not enough to write, you need to publish your writing. Publishing, from the latin publicare, means to make public. You do that in several different ways and perhaps for several different audiences, within and beyond the academy.
Category: Communicating Knowledge
My approach to academic careers is relentlessly optimistic. I am not unrealistic about the difficulties. However, I prefer to focus on the bright points of light and try to expand them rather than despair about the negatives. This post gives you a better sense of how that works.
Category: Ethos & Influences
If you’d like to browse in reverse chronological order and see what’s been added lately, that is also possible.
I usually send new material either to Studio members or to newsletter subscribers first and then update it for the Library. You can subscribe to my newsletter (with choices about what kinds of things you are interested in) here: Newsletter(s)
A physical library
While writing this material as blog posts helps me to articulate my ideas and get them to you quickly, there is also a need to for more sustained attention to some some topics. I do this with series and related post links, but the structure of a blog is not conducive to navigating a lot of related material, even with categories and related posts.
I’ve started compiling material into Short Guides which I publish as ebooks and paperbacks. These are short and focused on helping you make practical changes to make your work better. If you have time to read a whole book, I want you to devote that time to reading one of the books that’s actually related to your research and teaching, or a novel that offers you a break from thinking about work, rather than a book about managing your time better, or figuring out your writing process. I’ve also created a picture book (available in paperback only) based on the principles underlying my planning classes. Click on the image to learn more.
An earlier version of this page was published as a sticky post 15 February 2016 and updated 27 November 2017. Page updated 28 August 2018.