Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide · What is your plan to rest? I've asked this question of two of my Guide for the Journey clients this week and now, I'm going to ask you. What is your plan for getting more rest? The beginning of a new academic year is a crunch time. It is normal that you work … [Read more...] about What is your plan to rest?
Sometimes you need to say "No"
As an academic there are a lot of demands on your time. You can quickly get overwhelmed. I'm assuming you don't want to use passive-aggressive techniques like doing things badly so no one will ask you or being unfriendly to students so they won't come to office hours.
Knowing when and how to say "No" is an important skill. It leaves you time and energy for the things you want to say "Yes" to. It enables you to focus on your best contribution.
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
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
There is a difference between optimism and positivity, or at least the kind of positivity that tries to pretend that bad things never happen, or never happen to good people. I am an optimist. I read something recently that helped me clarify what that looks like for me. It's a bit like "It'll be … [Read more...] about Optimism in the face of uncertainty
In a conversation with a long-term client recently I had an Aha! moment. Every one of my clients is busy. Working with me, doesn't necessarily make you less busy. Working with me can make you feel less stressed and make the busy feel a lot different. What is "busy"? Busy can mean a couple of … [Read more...] about Unpacking “busy”: the importance of being proactive instead of reactive