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
I'm a knitter. Maybe you also knit, or crochet, or do other needlecrafts that are small and portable. I knit in meetings and in other public places. I knit in the pub while talking to friends. Can you really do that without looking? This is probably one of the major issues that is going to be … [Read more...] about Knitting in meetings
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?
It is really easy to overvalue tasks that other people ask you to do or see you doing. And to undervalue the tasks you do alone. Writing happens alone. Sometimes it doesn't even look like work, especially when you have to do a lot of thinking. It takes a long time to get a product that means … [Read more...] about Are you valuing your time?