Remix: Start With Editing

For the month of January, and in celebration of our two year and 100th post anniversaries, we’re revisiting some of our most viewed columns. Today we’re re-posting why it’s important to start writing by editing and how to do it. Enjoy! So far this October we’ve given you some of our best tips to makeContinue reading “Remix: Start With Editing”

Remix: Writing vs. Editing

For the month of January, and in celebration of our two year and 100th post anniversaries, we’re revisiting some of our most viewed columns. Today we’re re-posting a primer on the difference between your writing and editing brains and how to train them so you can get some sh*t done. Enjoy! When I was inContinue reading “Remix: Writing vs. Editing”

Remix: Macros, Mids, and Micros

For the month of January, and in celebration of our two year and 100th post anniversaries, we’re revisiting some of our most viewed columns. It seems fitting that one of our first posts ever was about breaking goals down into macros, mids, and micros. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that breaking goals downContinue reading “Remix: Macros, Mids, and Micros”

Happy New Year!

Welcome back, Beloved! We are so happy that you are here! We’ve been so in the work that we haven’t noticed a couple of big milestones have happened. First, we had our two year anniversary back in November! Holy Cow! It seems amazing that this little site has been around for two years already. It’sContinue reading “Happy New Year!”

There’s A Reason You Can’t Do It

Last week we talked about the role of executive function in your life/dissertation. While executive function in adults is understudied we do know that problems with executive function are part of ADHD, ASD, and anxiety. I’m not a neuroscientist, or a psychologist, but as someone who lives with anxiety I’ve noticed two important things. First,Continue reading “There’s A Reason You Can’t Do It”

Fall Break

Hi All, Here in the states we’re approaching Thanksgiving break. Thanksgiving is a heap of white people bullshit but it is a break built into the academic calendar so we’re going to take our own advice and take the week off to rest after finishing up our two month long series on teaching time management.Continue reading “Fall Break”

Bring Your Work to Class

Humanities PhD programs will pull you in a lot of different directions. Almost every humanities PhD student I have ever met is trying to be their best researcher-self, teacher-self, activist-self, and human-self. It’s a lot. We’ve talked before about learning to balance these multiple desires and multiple expectations. One part of balance is recognizing thatContinue reading “Bring Your Work to Class”

Stop Working So Hard

You are working too hard on teaching and you need to stop. I know you think you’re not doing enough, but I promise you that you are doing too much. How do I know this? Because all new professors do too much. (And, yes, if you have yet to defend your dissertation I’m counting youContinue reading “Stop Working So Hard”

How to Fail

Earlier this week we shared that a crucial part of making progress on your dissertation isn’t just letting go of perfection but actively giving yourself the freedom to fail. Today, we’re going to share our favorite ways to fail. If you take lessons in acrobatics, stagecraft, or tumbling, one of the first things you willContinue reading “How to Fail”

Free to Fail

My birthday was last week and I threw a party. In lieu of a cake I made dozens and dozens of macarons. They were delicious (it was the cake batter buttercream) and my guests were very impressed. Several people told me that they didn’t know I had such advanced baking skills as macarons have aContinue reading “Free to Fail”