I saw a short thread on Twitter reflecting on taking advice to say no a lot. before starting my lectureship, my mentors told me very clearly to say no to as many things as possible (except unmissable opportunities). It has been hard to break the habit of nearly always saying yes to writing, … [Read more...]
Sometimes you need to say "No"
As an academic there are a lot of demands on your time. You can quickly get overwhelmed. I'm assuming you don't want to use passive-aggressive techniques like doing things badly so no one will ask you or being unfriendly to students so they won't come to office hours.
Knowing when and how to say "No" is an important skill. It leaves you time and energy for the things you want to say "Yes" to. It enables you to focus on your best contribution.
A couple of recent client conversations renewed my motivation to write more about managing the number of things you are juggling. Those conversations made me realize that you want to say yes to things. You value community, collaboration, and collegiality. So I'm writing a Short Guide to Saying No … [Read more...]
The scenario You (or someone like you) submitted a journal manuscript. Polite enquiry or a well designed journal website has provided information about how long the review process is expected to take. That time has passed. You’ve allowed some extra, possibly a couple of months of extra. What the … [Read more...]
As I write this I am thinking of one person who has shared her feeling that she’s overcommitted this term, and didn’t manage to get any rest over the break, and is Never Doing This Again. I’m writing it to everyone and anyone though because I know she is not alone. She is one of the people who is … [Read more...]
An article in Inside Higher Ed about saying "no" and a question on a forum I participate in combined to make me aware of a strategy that might be helpful when faced with a difficult decision. What if the default was "No"? In the article, Kerry Ann Rocquemore notices that her default response to a … [Read more...]