“Let’s be real.
Writing is gratifying when our thoughts gush out of our heads like cream from a cake. When we pump out a good piece by the end of the day.
Those are our BEST moments.
But every so often, we fall into a pit. Our minds blank out. We burn out. And no matter how hard we force ourselves to jump back into writing, we can’t.”
I also recommend people keep a file or box of the kind notes, emails, etc. you receive from students and colleagues. It helps on those days where the being faculty doesn’t always feel like a great job.
Many people in the working world have one, or if we don’t, we’ve looked, wondering, “Would so-and-so make a good mentor?” But when was the last time you asked yourself, “Am I a good mentee?”
“Make email a visible task. Emens refers to admin work as invisible labor because it’s not recognized as work tasks but something people do compulsively on devices while multitasking. Try giving this task a name, that is, build it into your to-do list or time on your calendar.”
Source: “Work Email Is a Task That Needs to be Tamed, Not Ignored” – HigherEdJobs
“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.”
Source: Buy some books | The Thesis Whisperer
Ever wondered why history’s great minds including Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, Leonardo Da Vinci, Marcus Aurelius, Charles…
Source: The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds…
“Choosing something that you are passionately interested in to research is a great first step on the road to successful academic writing but it can be difficult to keep the momentum going. Deborah Lupton explains how old-fashioned whiteboards and online networking go hand-in-hand, and offers advice for when it is time to just ‘make a start’ or go for a bike ride.”
Source: Impact of Social Sciences – 30 tips for successful academic research and writing