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Recharge, Research, Write … Ready for the new academic year
The academic year has big cycles. You are approaching the end of the most intense part of the year, in which you’ve been trying to keep your research and writing going while also juggling teaching and admin. The summer offers an opportunity to recharge before the next academic year and to devote longer periods to your research and writing. And you also need to pay some attention to your teaching responsibilities to be ready in the autumn. The summer really doesn’t feel long enough.
This one-day workshop is based on the planning principles I use in my work set in a context of the idea that the confidence to set priorities and stick to your plan comes from meaningfulness, security, and support. The structure if responsive to participants needs. I’d love it if you would join me.
When & where I’m offering this workshop:
31 May 2019, Leaf on Portland Street, Manchester, UK
What you will get from this workshop:
- Sense of Purpose: A clearer sense of why you do this work
- The skeleton of a plan for the summer: Priorities, achievable goals, a start on time-blocking
- Strategies for holding boundaries: Knowing where the tricky spots are & having some ideas for how to deal with challenges
- Strategies for getting the support you need, including connections with other participants
Who is the workshop for?
This workshop is for those who are currently employed as academics. You can be at any stage of career: early career, mid-career, starting to think about retiring. You may have a permanent position, or be on a limited term contract. Your job may be defined as teaching and research, as teaching-only (or teaching-focused), or as primarily research.
You are ready to be make some tough decisions so you feel more in control of your workload, whatever your employment situation. You know this won’t be easy. You are ready to believe that things can be different. You are ready to take some risks to change things. Those changes may be small. I will push you out of your comfort zone but not all the way to your panic zone.
If you aren’t ready for “But that isn’t possible!” to be met with “Are you sure?” and “What is possible?”, the workshop isn’t for you. If you think you are ready for that but find those questions a bit scary, the workshop will make them less scary.
What will we do in the workshop?
The qualities I’m aiming for are: Optimism, Solidarity, Deep Reflection, and Fun.
The workshop will include a mix of activities. We’ll use images and journaling to reflect on what is meaningful for you, what makes you feel secure, and what support you need. I’ll guide you through the process of making practical decisions about activities and goals for the summer with a focus on using the summer to set a foundation for less stressful teaching semesters. I will offer group coaching to work through specific issues you anticipate in implementing your plan, encouraging others to share strategies where appropriate. There will also be opportunities to connect with other participants.
Informal time is built in, including a long lunch break, because I know that is where some of the best connection and processing happens.
If you are an introvert, the activities described above include a mix of reflective activities and activities involving discussion. You are also welcome to take time alone to recharge during the lunch break.
How much is the workshop?
The workshop fee is £75 and includes refreshments morning and afternoon. You are responsible for your own lunch, which is available for purchase from the venue.
There are 15 places available. A non-refundable £15 deposit will hold your place.
Learn more about how I approach these issues:
Where does confidence come from? Part 1: meaningfulness with links to Parts 2 & 3 on support and security
Can you help spread the word?
Do you know anyone would might benefit from this workshop, I’d love it if you could share the link to this page on social media or by email. Or you can download and print the poster below.Download a Manchester workshop poster to print & share (21 downloads)
Page originally published on 26 March 2019. When I realised that I’d scheduled during the school half-term week, I shifted the date to make it more accessible to those with school-aged children.