I recently re-read Cal Newport’s Deep Work in preparation for my new book on writing and wellbeing. And soon enough I started to notice that the people he uses as exemplars of doing deep work were … all pretty similar. By my reading, there are only two women in the book who are described as doing deep thinking. And yet, perhaps, ladies* would still like to do deep work.
If you feel overwhelmed by your inbox and meeting demands, you are likely to be dealing with the challenge of reactive communication. That is, every day, you open your inbox and find tens or even hundreds of requests for information and tasks. Like many people, you may start the day with a sense of dread.
Now that basically every course has at least some online components, making your web resources accessible is important. Because students with disabilities may have more
One of the things all researchers have to face is, occasionally, a difficult meeting. It might be a meeting with your supervisor where you haven’t produced
Your progress might feel slow, but that might just be the normal speed of trying to learn new things, or experimenting (and often failing) to find new
‘Binge writing’ is a common term, which I see used globally by people talking about why it’s better to write a small amount every day. But we need a more inclusive way to talk about intense and fulfilling writing time.
On the one hand, much doctoral research is about careful analysis of what is already known, and exact, incremental, logical steps towards newer knowledge. On
Often candidates and researchers come to talk to me when they are trying to get back into academic writing after a long break. That break
Hello everyone! It’s been quiet here for a bit, not because my drafts folder isn’t full of future posts but because I’ve been on research