Professors: Why and How to Plan a Productive Summer Before the Semester’s Over

Professors_ How to Plan a Productive Summer Before the Semester Ends

It might have snuck up on you, but summer (at least for most US faculty) is right around the corner. Especially if you have a heavy teaching load right now, I bet you’re thinking two main things. First, summer will be your long-awaited down time to finally rest and recover from the semester’s stresses. Second, you are likely thinking “I can’t wait for summer so that I can finally get back to my research and writing!” With no classes to prep and grade, it feels like you will have endless amounts of time to write, distraction-free.

But long periods of unstructured time can be particularly troublesome. How many times have you found yourself making lofty goals for a break, only to find yourself scrambling in the final moments to get the bare minimum done?

So, how can you set yourself up to have a productive summer from the start? How can you plan your summer writing productivity now?

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Interruptions Steal 23 Minutes: How to Protect Your Focus

Professors: How to Protect Your Focus, Fight Interruptions and Curb Digital Distractions

Your brain tricks you constantly. You think you are a good multitasker. It never feels like your attention and focus suffer when you quickly answer a text message during a writing session. In fact, you’re able to get right back to your work.

The science tells a different story, one that will forever change how you see task switching and interruptions.

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What To Do Before Writing an Academic Book Proposal: 4 Crucial Steps

What to Do Before Writing an Academic Book Proposal_ 4 Crucial Steps

Whether it is three months or three years until you write your first academic book proposal, there are steps you should be taking now to ensure it is as strong as possible. The steps below will help you tailor your academic book proposal to target the best university presses in your field and create the strongest possible case for your book.

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How Long Does Publishing an Academic Book Take? My First Book’s Timeline.

How Long does publishing an academic book take? My first book's timeline

If you are publishing your first academic book for tenure and promotion purposes, you know you are on a deadline. And yet most resources for first-time academic book authors don’t discuss time at all. In short, nothing prepares you answer one of your most pressing questions: “How long does publishing an academic book take?”

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The 7 Stages of Publishing Your First Academic Book, Challenges & Tips

The 7 Stages of Publishing an Academic Book_ Challenges and Tips

From the outside, publishing your first academic book seems both straightforward and mysterious. Most first-time book authors associate one key moment–the book proposal with the entire process. Do it right? You’re good! But publishing your first academic book is much more than the proposal alone. This post breaks journey down into the  seven stages of publishing your first academic book.

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Which Size iPad Pro is Best for Teaching (12.9″ or 10.5″)?

Are you considering teaching with an iPad Pro, but are unsure of which size iPad Pro would be best for you? The iPad Pro currently comes in two screen sizes: 10.5″ and 12.9″. Which size iPad Pro is best for teachers? Well, a lot depends on how you plan to use it. Read on to decide for yourself whether the 12.9″ or 10.5″ iPad Pro makes the most sense, given how you will use it.

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A Weekly Writing Review: One Hour You Can’t Afford Not to Spend

Weekly Writing Review_ The One Hour You Can't afford not to spend

So many junior scholars quickly find themselves in research “survival mode.” You might find yourself saying “I don’t have time to write, especially on teaching days! I barely have enough time to prep, teach, grade, eat and sleep!” Or, you might find yourself in an extreme cycle: you write intensely to meet a deadline, then crash after. You vow things will be different going forward. You commit to writing at 9am every day, but quickly find yourself back in the same cycle. It’s time to break out of survival mode! How? Committing one hour per week a weekly writing review.

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Set Product-Focused Weekly Writing Goals to Boost Academic Productivity

Product-Focused Weekly Writing Goals to Boost Academic Productivity

In previous posts, I outlined how to publish more articles by tracking your writing, how to use opening rituals to make each writing session productive, and how to use closing rituals to set yourself up for success in your next session. But those posts left out one key piece. How do you set actionable product-focused weekly writing goals? In this post, I break down goal setting for academic writing into manageable steps. Use the framework to make your large academic writing projects more manageable.

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Set These Tech Tools up Now to Save you Time and Avoid Headaches Later (or, How to Keep your Phrase Formatting Consistent in Large Projects)

Save Time and Avoid Headaches Later by Harnessing TextExpander, AutoCorrect, and Word Now

We’ve all been there. You’ve been working on a project spread across multiple documents for months (like a dissertation or a book, or even multiple articles, job documents, CVs, etc.) and you’re finally ready to submit it. You’re putting the finishing touches on it, and you go for what you think is one final read. Then you notice it.
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