An audio-recording of this post is available on my website. One reason I started doing what I'm doing is that I could see all of these brilliant, interesting people not really enjoying their academic jobs. For various reasons you were discouraged, frustrated, or just plain overworked. As … [Read more...] about The importance of your vision
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "I've Got Tenure, How Depressing" (Kathryn D. Blanchard, 31 January 2012), highlights the fact that even getting a coveted tenure-track position doesn't necessarily lead to the "happily ever after" ending. Since my provost gave me the news about my … [Read more...] about Mid-career blahs
I am writing this part way through November 2017. A few years ago Charlotte Frost and her team at PhDtoPublished got the bright idea to make an academic version of #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and call it #AcWriMo. PhDtoPublished is geared to early career researchers and particularly … [Read more...] about Making writing challenges like #AcWriMo work for you
A lot of people count words as a way of measuring their writing progress. Although there are stages of the writing process where this is helpful, there are also points in the process where counting words could actually be damaging. What you measure affects your process If you measure the number of … [Read more...] about The dangers of counting words
You want to write more. You want to finish and submit more of your writing. You may think that the only way to do that is to do one or more of the following: set concrete (product-oriented) goals give yourself deadlines for achieving those goals make yourself accountable to someone … [Read more...] about Thoughts on accountability, deadlines, goals and so on.