It’s all well and good for people to tell you “You need to get better at saying no” but there are lots of good reasons saying no is difficult. Even the people giving you that advice aren’t very good at hearing no when it’s them asking you to do things. The upside of the autonomy you have in … [Read more...] about Before you can say no …
One of the things you like about being an academic is the considerable freedom to organize your work the way you want. You cringe at the thought of having to be in at a set time every day, take your lunch break at a set time, work your 8 hours, etc. Scheduling seems antithetical to freedom. I … [Read more...] about Freedom and scheduling
One of the things you love about academic work is the flexibility and the autonomy. You don't have to be in the office at 9 a.m. every morning. You don't even have to be in the office every day. In theory you could take Wednesday off to go for a nice long hike and then work on Saturday … [Read more...] about Flexibility, autonomy, and boundaries
Do you struggle with research because you think you need to be sitting at your desk to do it? I know that schools are really big on sitting still and being quiet as the necessary precursor to doing academic work. You did well in school. But just because that's how school trained you, doesn't mean … [Read more...] about Maybe sitting at your desk to work is the problem
When you say "no" to a request, do you offer an explanation? Do you have your full schedule posted on your office door? Is your electronic Calendar publicly visible with all the details of your meetings? Do you also find it hard to say no? Do you feel pressure to move meetings to accommodate … [Read more...] about Do you overexplain?