Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide · Dealing with the loss of a physical boundary between work and home The pandemic has made us all hyper-aware of how much of what we’d come to tolerate as “just how things are” is actually deeply unacceptable. The pandemic has not created an impossible to … [Read more...] about Dealing with the loss of a physical boundary between work and home
One of the things you struggle with when establishing a writing practice is focus. You might frame this struggle in terms of distraction or procrastination. You might think of it terms of willpower. You may have a story about what you need in order to focus that is at odds with what is possible in your current circumstances.
Everyone struggles with focus at least some of the time. There is nothing wrong with you. You might need to experiment a bit to figure what strategies help you.
Start here: Optimizing Focus: 3 elements to consider
I really need to share this post by Helen Kara with you. She makes some excellent points that fit very well with my approach to planning. And she made me realise something: There is a big difference between project planning and workload planning. What I focus on here most of the time is workload … [Read more...] about Prioritising and planning
Fatigue impairs cognitive function. In the planning classes I run in the Academic Writing Studio, I talk about the importance of sleep and rest. I suggest things like taking a break away from your desk to each lunch and/or do some kind of movement activity. I talk about doing stretches or … [Read more...] about Are you taking breaks?
Focus is crucial to your writing practice, and indeed to keeping your plans on track. Everyone struggles with focus at least some of the time. There is nothing wrong with you. You might frame this struggle in terms of distraction or procrastination. You might think of it terms of willpower. You may … [Read more...] about Optimizing focus when your project brings up difficult emotions
In Focus: 3 elements to consider, I outlined three elements that affect your focus during a writing session: the task itself, how you are feeling, and the context. I am going to write a series of follow up articles going into more detail about what that framework looks like in practice. (At some … [Read more...] about Optimizing Focus: Dictation