The spiral-like nature of your academic life is particularly evident at the beginning of the academic year. No matter how experienced you are, it is always a bit chaotic. It offers the possibility of doing things better, or at least differently, this year.
It is easy to approach a new year with your eyes on the future and on what you want to improve. However, it is also a good time to reflect a bit on the past, paying particular attention to what has been going well. This makes it easier to imagine things going even better, and gives you some clues as to how you might improve those things that you want to improve.
This post is a round-up of what’s in the library here that might be particularly helpful at this time of year.
If you aren’t quite there yet but you can see the new academic year looming on the horizon:
If the first week is overwhelming
If you are taking time to make some plans
How does your work and life change during the academic year?
If you would benefit from some help …
The Academic Writing Studio has resources for figuring out what works for you and planning your schedule to create boundaries and ensure your priorities get attention during term time, and a community to share ideas, celebrate successes, and commiserate over the inevitable bad weeks. A Foundations membership gives you access to online resources & the community. A full membership also includes A Meeting With Your Writing, a synchronous meeting to help you keep your commitment to write regularly (90 minutes writing time guaranteed).
Deciding priorities is hard. There is so much you want to do, alongside all the stuff you feel like you have to do. Wayfinding can help you identify priorities and decide your best next steps. You’ll still be busy, but if you are finding time to do the things that are most important to you that feels really different.