Few things can derail a day faster than email. One message with an urgent request can undo the best laid plans. It doesn’t take a big request to distract you for a day as email can be death by a thousand cuts. The distraction of email can slice your day up to such a degree that you barely get more than a few minutes to focus on one activity before an email interrupts you. However, there are steps you can take to keep email from ruining your life. In today’s post, I will share 7 steps that you can easily implement to get your email under control.
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Unfortunately, too often email runs our lives. We work out of our inbox and rarely close our email program during the day.
I want to suggest that there are ways to take control and keep email from ruining your life. Many of these I frequently use and found it has dramatically helped me manage my email inbox.
Writing a manuscript of any length is hard, but writing a longer piece presents special challenges. Whether you’re like me and have been writing for a while or a graduate student just getting started, writing longer manuscripts present special challenges. In particular, I believe longer manuscripts present challenges in staying focused, having a strong logical flow, and keeping your reader engaged. In today’s post, I want to describe how to create a reverse outline to improve your writing.
Typically, we think of outlines as something to be completed prior to beginning the writing process.
Reverse outlines are completed after the first draft of a piece of writing.
We constantly warn faculty not to take on service opportunities before tenure. “Just say no” is the mantra from dissertation advisors to senior colleagues. However, I think this is poor advice. Yes, you should limit your service opportunities before tenure. Depending on your institution, some combination of research and teaching will be what gets you tenure. Most faculty can’t avoid all service opportunities prior to tenure and even if this was possible— I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, I believe we should be telling faculty when to say yes to service before tenure rather than just telling junior faculty to say no to everything.
Service is tricky for new faculty. It can be tremendously time consuming, but also a valuable way to feel part of the community.
There can be few things more deflating than working hard watching what you eat only to find that you gained 2 pounds. Writing and dieting have much in common. As I work with faculty, I often find myself giving advice for writing similar to dieting advice. In today’s post, I will share tips on how to measure your writing progress. As with dieting and many other areas of life, what we measure is what we improve.
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I was in Washington, DC for a conference this week and had a little free time in the afternoon. I had some writing to get done as it is always hard to keep up when you’re traveling. After thinking of a few neat places to write in the city, I decided to head down to the Library of Congress to study in the Main Reading Room. I strongly encourage anyone in town for an academic conference to take a few hours for studying at the Library of Congress Main Reading Room.
My little spot in the foreground in the Main Reading Room
Some spaces are just conducive to writing and the Main Reading Room is one of them.