During my planning classes I have participants note which juggling balls typically get dropped for them during term time. When I asked how many people noticed that they ate less well or didn’t sleep enough several people on the call responded affirmatively. Good nutrition is a foundational … [Read more...] about Are you dropping the “eating well” ball?
One of the attractions of an academic career is the autonomy it affords. You have the freedom to research the things you find interesting. You don't have to report weekly or monthly to your boss about your progress on your writing and research. You have considerable control over how you teach the … [Read more...] about Are you waiting for permission?
There is a lot of debate about whether we are training too many PhD students (given the demand for academic labour) or too few (given the needs of the so-called knowledge economy). At an individual level, plenty of unemployed PhDs are wondering how they ended up in such a precarious labour market … [Read more...] about Why universities are recruiting PhD students
...you’re not THAT busy, it’s just that your job IS your life. It doesn’t have to be. Make a break. Take a breath. It doesn’t all need to get done. Learn to make choices. (David Phipps, commenting on Managing your workload as a full-time academic, August 2010) I know that academic workloads can … [Read more...] about Learning to say “no”