Distraction is the enemy of productivity. There is all kinds of time management and productivity advice telling you to track what you are doing and get rid of all the meaningless tasks that don’t contribute to moving your project forward. There are apps and strategies for doing that. But are you … [Read more...] about Distraction: not the usual suspects
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
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?