There are so many things that aren’t taught in grad school about the academic life.  How do you negotiate an offer?  Deal with the competitiveness that is germane to what we do? Handle rejection? Move past less than professional reviews and comments? 

Most importantly, how do you figure out what to take on and when to say no? 

I’m sure that many of you struggle with the same things I do – how to write when there isn’t a structured deadline, managing heavy teaching loads, dealing with research fizzles, etc…Maybe you got really bad advice about choosing between taking care of yourself and getting ahead.

Well, sleep is not overrated. You can get things done without sacrificing your health and well-being.  Here are some links to resources that helped me.  I’m passing them on to you, because I wish I had these earlier.  Many of these resources involve purchasing a package or a book.  It might be tempting to try to go it alone with free stuff.  Invest in yourself!

I do not receive any monetary compensation for posting links to my site. As always, these are things that worked for me.  What works for you might be different, and that’s ok! 


Time Management and Setting Priorities for Your Work

  • Academic Decluttering – When I say Meggin McIntosh’s workshops were life-changing for me,  I’m not kidding.  Each module comes with a video lecture, a workbook, and ideas around setting priorities, managing your workspace and your energy, and creating a calendar that works best for you.
  • The Professor is In – Not only is Karen Kelsky’s website a wealth of resources, her book is also a must-have for academics. Karen’s no-nonsense approach to application materials and job negotiation is top-notch.  You can also consult with her or one of her team directly as well as follow her on Facebook.
  • Academic Ladder – Are you the type that works best with external deadlines and accountability to others? Then consider the Academic Writing Club.  You will be placed with writers with similar interests and career goals.  Your coach and team members are there to provide encouragement.  Put a Challenge Chat on your calendar to write with others who will hold you accountable.
  • Getting Things Done – A time management standby.
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Research Planning and Writing

  • The Craft of Research, 4th Edition – It doesn’t matter what type of research you do – from qualitative to randomized control trials, this book walks you through the process. Yes, you took a bunch of research methods courses.  Yes, you still need this book.
  • How to Write a Lot – Of course, this book is about how to write a lot. Paul Silvia also tells you how to make the most of your time writing.  The result is stronger writing in less time.
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Dealing with Negativity and Rejection and Creating a More Positive Environment

  • Braving the Wilderness – Actually, anything by Brene Brown is recommended.  Feeling in a slump and like everyone is doing better than you?  Got a stinging course review?  Brene reminds us that this happens to everyone.
  • Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life – This classic by Steve Hayes is based on the science of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an offshoot of ABA.  Just trust me on that.
  • Bringing Out the Best In People – How does the Science of Behavior (ABA) apply outside of autism? Can I really use the principles of ABA in everyday life?  YES! In an approachable and friendly way, Aubrey Daniels brings these principles to life.
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