If you’re an academic, you know you should complete writing projects during the semester. But too many scholars abandon their writing during the 12-14 week semester, and it’s a big mistake. The most productive scholars are those who write every day and integrate writing into their teaching lives. I found this fantastic article in Inside Higher Ed today. I’ve reposted the first challenge below as a New Year’s suggestion: get started now planning for spring. Make a commitment to yourself that you’ll write every day.
THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE
- Create a list of your writing goals (and the tasks necessary to complete them) for the spring semester.
- If you are resistant to this task, gently ask yourself “why?”
- Map the writing tasks you need to accomplish onto each week of the semester.
- Go through your calendar and block out 30-60 minutes at the beginning of each week day for “writing time.”
- If you don’t have a calendar, stop reading and go get one.
- Write every day this week for 30-60 minutes (just try it!)
- Proactively connect with a community of support that meets YOUR personal needs for writing accountability.
I hope this week brings each of you the clarity to define your writing goals, the persistence to write every day, and the joy that is found in true community!