“You’d think that sitting down and putting pen to paper wouldn’t be that life-changing of a practice. But trust me, without it you wouldn’t be reading this.”
Let go of the fantasy that you must use every minute of a strictly planned class schedule to introduce, explain, clarify, and cover.
“This is a list of books and software I use in my work with PhD students and my own academic life. I only recommend what I genuinely think is awesome.”
“When we’re tempted to be harsh, critical, and judgmental with ourselves, can we instead choose to have compassion: acknowledging our suffering, noting how this makes us human and that we are not alone, and trying to be gentle or kind with ourselves (or at least refrain from beating ourselves up—’if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’)?”
“Professors invest time in students, committees, and teaching; students invest time in their assignments. Pushed to the side are research projects, dissertations, authorial goals, and, often, social lives.
That changes in the summer. The fixed schedule disappears, the community disperses, and the work that has been building up over the school year can loom dangerously close to deadline…It’s in that solitude that professors and students say they experience what some call a ‘summer slump,’ a period of isolation that can heighten symptoms of depression or anxiety for those susceptible to such disorders.”
“I would really like to have a full-on meltdown and declare commitment bankruptcy. Then start from scratch, only better. But overwhelming frustration is simply the nature of the job. Even the best planner gets overwhelmed. So, time to re-build the writing habit.”