What is Wayfinding?
The biggest contributor to stress is feeling out of control. The thing that distinguishes burnout from stress and fatigue is meaninglessness. This job will always involve hard work and juggling more things than would be ideal.
If you would like some help with setting priorities and making the big decisions, my Wayfinding session is what you need.
Wayfinding helps you harness your autonomy to ensure that the things that make this career meaningful are a regular part of your workload. It gives you criteria you can use when making decisions, so you have some control over your workload and assignments. (Yes, despite changes in higher education policy and how institutions are managed, you still have considerable autonomy.)
What does this service include?
This service combines written reflection with a 60-90 minute coaching session. The focus is on the big picture of what’s important to you and setting a course for the medium to long term. In the coaching session I will help you make some decisions about how to set off on the path to that destination. I recommend Wayfinding if you are planning a sabbatical, anticipating applying for promotion or a grant, or feel like you’re losing touch with the things that make this job meaningful for you. It can also be useful when you have too many projects on the go and need help prioritizing, creating a publishing strategy, and putting your new plan into action.
Fee: £300 + applicable taxes*
This is a stand-alone service, although some clients use Wayfinding as a personal annual review. I can help you figure out how you want to respond to institutional demands without having an interest in you responding in any particular way.
The first stage of the Wayfinding process is asynchronous. The synchronous coaching session will be on a Wednesday or Thursday.
To help you decide, here’s some reasons past clients have used my Wayfinding service for:
- Refocusing their research programme when demands to collaborate with others had taken them away from their core interests.
- Developing a publication strategy to meet the requirements of regularising a fixed term contract.
- Applying for research funding.
- Keeping a research programme active despite failure to secure research funding.
- Adapting your practices once you receive research funding so you can achieve your bigger vision.
- Figuring out how to make best use of your sabbatical/research leave.
- Annual reflection and planning that clearly centres your personal goals.
- Anticipating retirement without “haunting the corridors”.
My Wayfinding service can help academics find their way in their early careers, amongst changing employment practices or complex decision-making. To read more about my approach for early career researchers, click here.
Many clients use Wayfinding as an annual review service, to stay on top of things and track their progress over longer periods of their career. Find out more about this annual kind of Wayfinding, here.
Wayfinding includes a Foundations membership of the Academic Writing Studio to provide minimal support in implementing your vision. This also includes access to asynchronous resources on the member website, a member’s forum, monthly group coaching calls (Office Hours), and periodic Planning Your Semester classes.
If you require additional support, upgrade your membership so you can attend A Meeting With Your Writing for £22/month. All Studio members can book ad hoc 1 hour coaching sessions for an additional fee of £95 as needed.
If you’re looking for longer term help, I also offer A Guide for the Journey. This is an individual coaching package that enables you to check in with me fortnightly by phone and/or email for 6 months. It also includes full membership of the Academic Writing Studio (including A Meeting With Your Writing) for extra support.
You can schedule a free consultation to figure out if this service is right for you. Or you can email me directly.
If this sounds right for you, you can book Wayfinding below: