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