I've been working from home for over 10 years now and the question of pyjamas versus getting dressed properly is a pretty standard one amongst the work at home crowd. Academics often work at home at least some of the time. At least, those in the humanities and social sciences whose research does not … [Read more...] about The case for getting dressed for work
Fatigue impairs cognitive function. In the planning classes I run in the Academic Writing Studio, I talk about the importance of sleep and rest. I suggest things like taking a break away from your desk to each lunch and/or do some kind of movement activity. I talk about doing stretches or … [Read more...] about Are you taking breaks?
I encourage you to make writing a priority and block time so that writing becomes a regular practice rather than something you only do when you have specific deadlines. Although I recognise that different people will work better in different places, I strongly advocate for the legitimacy of writing … [Read more...] about Protecting time for writing: Interruptions
I am a fan of articulating learning objectives or expected learning outcomes. (They are outcomes once they’ve happened. Expected outcomes or objectives when you start.) Articulating clearly what you expect students to learn as a result of taking your course can benefit students. It makes it easier … [Read more...] about On defining learning objectives
There are a lot of tasks that when done well no one even notices. They are essential to the smooth running of your department, institution, and scholarly association, and yet they are often invisible. Even if doing the actual tasks gets some recognition, thinking about what needs to be done and … [Read more...] about Academic citizenship & getting better at saying no