Just because your work doesn’t always look like work doesn’t mean you don’t get to take a real vacation. You already deserve this vacation; it’s not a reward for achieving summer goals. In fact, not only do you deserve a vacation, you need a vacation. You work hard. Fatigue impairs cognitive … [Read more...] about How to take a vacation
Academic life is demanding. During term time you are juggling teaching, administrative and service work, graduate supervision, and your own research and writing. During the summer and your sabbatical, you feel like you need to devote as much time as possible to your research and writing to … [Read more...] about How to take the weekend off
Many universities now have a Reading Week or mid-semester break in one or both semesters. (It may or may not be called Spring Break.) This means no (undergraduate) teaching. Students tend to disappear so probably little or no advising either. It is a break from the usual term-time routine. So … [Read more...] about What does Reading Week mean for you?
You're tired of the popular misconception that academics get the whole summer off. Are you letting that public perception affect how you work? Are you working indoors at your desk? Are you working during "normal working hours"? Are you avoiding the hammock? The patio? The dock? Are you … [Read more...] about When your work doesn’t look like work
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…