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At the key transition points in the academic year I will hold a synchronous planning class in which I guide you through the process of identifying priorities and setting boundaries:
- Planning Your Autumn Semester (August/September)
- Planning Your Winter Semester (December)
- Planning Your Summer (May)
Further details are available via the Community page. I’ll remind you in the Studio Newsletter, and send out details close to the date if you have ticked “Office Hours & Classes” in your email profile.
PDF worksheets to accompany or supplement the classes are available in this section of the website, along with recordings. The class recordings are split into tracks. Because Studio members have different employment circumstances and are at different stages of career, I’ve also created remixes for some different situations.
Planning Your Autumn Semester: coming out of a period focused mainly on research and going into a period with teaching, research & service.
Planning Your Winter Semester: going from one teaching, research & service semester to another with a short break between that may include major social or family obligations
Planning Your Summer: going from teaching, research and service into a period focused mainly on research and writing.
Supplementary notes for Sabbatical, research leave & administrative leave: How to use the planning recordings, setting goals, finding a writing practice that works for this context, and information about individual support.
Supplementary notes for PhD students: writing should be your main thing and get a lot more time but you probably do have some teaching and might even be involved in some committees.
Reviewing and adjusting your plans
I recommend that you review your plans monthly and make adjustments. You will receive prompts by email on the first Friday of every month or use the generic PDF worksheet (fillable electronically or print and write on it).
If you’d like to review weekly, use this PDF (fillable or print). See How To Take The Weekend Off for some recommendations on how to use planning to help you transition from your work-week into the weekend.
Some people also find it helpful to create a daily to do list taking into account how much time is available for various tasks. This is especially important if looking at your big list of tasks makes you feel overwhelmed or pressured. Making or reviewing your list for the following day can also be a good way to end your work day and transition into the evening. You want to feel good about what you’ve accomplished at the end of most days.