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”

Mindfulness

Some days rest is easy: the sun shines, the breeze blows, and your inbox is empty. These days are magical. And Rare. If you’re a typical PhD student your days are more likely to be spent in a small, windowless office shared with several other graduate students. Other graduate students in your field, and theContinue reading “Mindfulness”

Wonder: Your Superpower

Near the end of my Master’s program, I had the good fortune to attend a small workshop with Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley. Dr. Tinsley was generous enough to end the workshop with a Q&A. As all private Q&As between young profs and grad students are wont to do the questions eventually turned to “HOW ON EARTHContinue reading “Wonder: Your Superpower”

Mindfulness​, Mindlessness, Flow, and Wonder

In our special summer series on rest we have covered why grad students are bad at resting, and what activities definitely do not count as rest. In the next part of this series, we are introducing four essential types of rest. Like a well-balanced diet blends your macro-nutrients so a well-balanced schedule will mix yourContinue reading “Mindfulness​, Mindlessness, Flow, and Wonder”

Rest

In preparing to launch this site I interviewed over 40 graduate students. In my near-decade in graduate school I have informally talked with hundreds of graduate students, post-docs, and faculty about how they structure their time. I’ve always been interested in how people create balance for themselves and I’ve gotten some truly interesting answers. OneContinue reading “Rest”

How Many Hours Are In a Day?

Long ago, I took a class in HR Management. We all try things. To this day, the class in HR Management remains one of my favorite classes of all time. I have dozens of good memories from that class and one not-great memory from that class. Guess which one I’m gonna tell you about today?Continue reading “How Many Hours Are In a Day?”

We Bend So We Don’t Break

Yesterday someone I follow asked the Twitterverse how to keep working when one’s natural impulse is to drive to the Trump administration’s concentration camps and tear them down with their bare hands. Yesterday, I had an answer–something about trusting that our work is dedicated to tearing down systemic injustices and will create a more equitableContinue reading “We Bend So We Don’t Break”

Balance

If you search for “academic work-life balance” you will get a lot of contradictory results. You may see some advice that says the main responsibilities of a graduate student are producing research (here and here). Then you will find more realistic advice which acknowledges that academics, including graduate students, are not only asked to doContinue reading “Balance”

April Showers; PhD Flowers

This is a different sort of post. I’m getting email alerts every day that someone has “liked” a post or, even more exciting, followed the site. To all of you who are checking out the site, liking it, or even following it; I just have to say You are the real MVP and I amContinue reading “April Showers; PhD Flowers”