When you are looking for an academic job it is hard to imagine that you could get one and be unhappy, even miserable. And yet, I've met unhappy academics. Sometimes you're just overwhelmed. It seems like there is so much to do that there will never be enough hours in the day to do it. You try, … [Read more...] about What’s YOUR ideal academic job?
One way to get some control over how much time and energy you give to certain kinds of legitimate requests is to create a container for that kind of work. Just as it is easier to store flour if you pour it into something with firm sides and a lid (so it doesn't just flow all over the counter), … [Read more...] about Managing your workload by creating containers
As tough as this semester has been and as happy as you are for it to end, the transition from a heavily scheduled term to an unscheduled break is tough. You've probably got a long list of things too do. Too long, I suspect. A long list + an open stretch of time = procrastination Where do … [Read more...] about Beware the long list and wide expanse of time…
This post refers to the break between semesters, which in the Northern Hemisphere tends to incorporate the Christmas holidays. Often the exams and assignments that come in at the end of the semester need to be graded before the beginning of the next casting a bit of a pall over the break and making … [Read more...] about From the archives: You can ignore the grading
Are you within 12 - 18 months of finishing your dissertation? I know that's a hard question. And you can't really know with any certainty. Do you feel like you are approaching the end of this process? Have you considered a post-doctoral fellowship? Even if you are closer to finished or have … [Read more...] about Start thinking about your post-doc early