Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide · Juggling, jigsaws, and navigating by the stars I’ve written before about juggling as a metaphor for planning out your workload. Consider all of the things you want and need to do, at work and outside of work, as the box of things a juggler could be … [Read more...] about Juggling, jigsaws, and navigating by the stars: making reasonable plans
Do you struggle with perfectionism?
Posts which address the impact of perfectionism on you and your work, and provide strategies for dealing with it.
This is part 3 of a series about confidence. In Part 1 of this series, I talked about meaningfulness. In Part 2, I talked about security. The introductory section is repeated so you don't have to read them in any particular order. Or, listen to the whole series here: Jo VanEvery, Academic … [Read more...] about Where does confidence come from? Part 3: support
That’s one of those faux-medical terms for a very real thing: you feel like you don’t really belong, you aren’t really qualified, and at any moment someone is going to find out and your whole life will come crashing down. It’s related to perfectionism in that it’s about not believing you are good … [Read more...] about Do you suffer from Impostor Syndrome?
I bet you were a straight A student. You got lots of praise for being a straight A student. You’ve lived your life thinking being a straight A student is a good thing. It’s not. It encourages all or nothing thinking: If you aren’t going to get an A, it’s not worth doing at all. It … [Read more...] about Priorities or, why being a straight A student isn’t necessarily a good thing
How do you react if someone suggests you put less time and effort into your teaching preparation? Or, be stricter about office hours? What about the phrase "good enough"? What does that say to you? Confusing excellence with perfection As Kerry Ann Rocquemore pointed out in her excellent blog … [Read more...] about All or Nothing thinking