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Dear @@first_name@@,

It's "Back to Basics" week in the Faculty Success Program! That means, I want you to drill down and really EXECUTE the core techniques this week. If you missed tonight's call, you can download it in the "homework" section of our online community.

Hold a Weekly Planning Meeting (Sunday Meeting)

If you've fallen out of this habit, this week is a great time to re-start it! The reason weekly planning is important is because:

    • You will get more done when you plan than when you don’t plan.
    • It enables you to control your week instead of the week controlling you.
    • Most faculty experience reduced anxiety and greater satisfaction by doing this consistently for five weeks.
    • Most importantly, what we’re trying to do is to shift our inner mindset from one where we simply re-act to what’s in front of us to one where we pro-actively determine what we are and are not going to do. Actually going through the process forces us to make conscious choices about what we can and cannot do, instead of making them unconsciously every day, all day, and then feeling frustrated and disappointed at the end of the week.

Write EVERY DAY, give yourself a TREAT, and POST your daily progress in the forum.

By way of reminder, DAILY WRITING is important for 3 reasons.

    1. Research has shown repeatedly that people who write every day are more PRODUCTIVE than people who write infrequently and/or binge.

    2. Daily writing is an important daily PRACTICE. By that I mean, it's the thing we do each day where we quiet ourselves down, settle into our creativity, trust our mind, and open ourselves to the process. As a result, all of our stuff comes flying out and that's a good thing! We want all that stuff to come up to the surface and show itself for what it is instead of working on us under the surface while we run around and do lots of other work. It's only when we actually face the stuff, that it begins to loose it's power to derail us. That doesn't happen in one day, or one week, or even one month. It's an gradual unraveling that occurs over time.

    3. Daily writing is a great BAROMETER of where we are in terms of our time management and priorities. IF you can't find 30 minutes to write each day, then that's an important red flag letting you know that something is wrong. In other words, if your work schedule is too busy to accommodate writing, then it's time to take a step back and remind yourself that your tenure decision, your professional reputation, and your future mobility are dependent upon your publication record. There is no work activity that's more important to your long term success than your writing. So, if you don't have time to write, then it's time to step back and look at how you're spending your time.

If you've really got all these strategies nailed down, then go for the advanced version: TAKE THE WEEKEND OFF!

Good luck!
Kerry Ann



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