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: The Humanities Are Harder

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 our most controversial post of all time on why writing a dissertation in the humanities is so fudging hard. We got a lot of messages about this oneContinue reading “Remix: The Humanities Are Harder”

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!”

WTF: Executive Function

Executive function is the set of cognitive functions that enables you to do things. In broad terms, executive function covers three areas: working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control (including self-control). Together, these three areas make up a lot of what we do. If you haven’t heard the term “executive function” before you might haveContinue reading “WTF: Executive Function”

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”

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”

A Dissertation is a Thousand Cranes

Being from a working-class background, I grew up identifying “work” as something with visible, tangible results. My stepdad poured concrete. His work was a series of discrete tasks. That is not to say it didn’t take skill–it absolutely did–but at the end of the day, when his work was done, there was concrete where thereContinue reading “A Dissertation is a Thousand Cranes”