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Why Daily Writing Leads to Productivity

By |October 25th, 2018|

I began developing my daily writing habit in December 2006 – over ten years ago! Since then, I have written almost every weekday, except for vacations, of course. And, I have written a ton. I also have published a lot.In 2006, when I began to write daily, I had two more

How to Restart Your Writing Practice: A Few Ground Rules

By |May 31st, 2018|

Are you looking for a reset after a long year of teaching? Are you struggling to get back into your writing for the summer?Many academics are mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted at the end of the academic year. So, the first step is to intentionally take some days off. At more

How Academic Parents Can Find Time to Exercise

By |April 8th, 2018|

A question that often comes up when I do campus workshops on work/life balance is how and when busy academic parents can find time to exercise. As we get older, it becomes increasingly important for us to exercise in order to stay healthy and keep our stress levels in check. more

Getting the Most out of Academic Travel: The Ideal Work Trip

By |February 13th, 2018|

Several years ago, I wrote a blog post about my "ideal day," inspired by Barbara Sher's book, Wishcraft. I think of this exercise often, although my ideal day has shifted a bit since 2011, as I have gained clarity on what I want and need, and what makes me happy.During more

Have a Little Fun with Semester Planning

By |August 13th, 2017|

Are you ready for the semester yet? Sorry if that question provoked a panic attack, but I am sure I am not the first one to ask you. I know I have been asked at least a dozen times this month.Preparing for the semester is rarely fun, and academics seldom more

Mini-Retreats: Writing Blissfully During Busy Times

By |August 6th, 2017|

I began my summer with a fabulous writing retreat with 21 other women in Bali. During that week of bliss, we woke up each morning, had a healthy and delicious breakfast, meditated, and then wrote until lunch. In the afternoons, we shared work with the brilliant participants, and then went more

How I Created an Edited Volume in Record Time: Less Than Two Years from Idea to Print

By |July 13th, 2017|

Many academics will tell you to steer away from creating an edited volume. Yet, judging by academic catalogs, clearly, some academics continue to create edited books. Why would any academic pull together an edited volume?The reason is that there are some cases when creating an edited volume makes sense. I more

Work/Life Balance as an Academic Mama of Teens: Seven Strategies to Keep You Sane

By |May 19th, 2017|

When I started writing Get a Life, PhD, my twins were eight years old and my youngest was five. Thus, much of my blog has been from the perspective of an academic mother with elementary school children. Today, seven years after I first began blogging, my twins are finishing up more

Speaking as an Academic: What to expect when you are invited to share your work

By |April 2nd, 2017|

One of the joys of academic life is inviting speakers to campus and getting invited to other campuses to speak. You may be an academic who is constantly jet-setting from one campus to another or you may never have received an invitation to speak at another campus. Either way, you more

A Year in the Life of a Tenured Professor: 2016 in review

By |December 10th, 2016|

Academics, like many people, often focus on what is right in front of us. However, much of our work can take years to complete. My book that came out last year, for example, began with a proposal I wrote more