Occasionally my yoga teacher focuses on transitions. While the poses themselves are important, how we move from one pose to another is also worthy of attention. Academic work is complex. You do a lot of different things in a day. In addition to thinking about how you do the specific tasks — … [Read more...] about Transitions in your work day
It doesn't matter if this is your first year in the job or your 20th. The beginning of term is chaos. This is temporary. It will only last a week or two. Then you will settle into the normal rhythm of term time. Adjust your priorities During beginning of term chaos you can temporarily suspend … [Read more...] about Beginning of term chaos is temporary
I have a theory about writer’s block. It’s a theory that involves gremlins. You sit down to write. And then this gremlin turns up. Just as you are about to type something the gremlin says something from this list. What do you mean, you don’t know where this goes or what it’s going to be? You … [Read more...] about What counts as “writing”?
Have you ever felt like this? The replies to this tweet suggest that Charlotte is not alone. Sometimes the thing that's distracting you from your writing project is another writing project. It's like a toddler poking you while you make dinner. And it makes it really hard to focus. For this … [Read more...] about When another project is distracting you from this one
A few conversations I've had recently, with clients and on Twitter, have reminded me that we have some interesting ideas about "efficiency". It's as if you have a gremlin observing your writing practice like a Taylorite time and motion consultant. Maybe you feel more comfortable printing … [Read more...] about What is an “efficient” writing practice?