Renewing and reinvigorating to work smarter

Over the end of year period I stopped. I think it was the first time in over 12 months that I actually truly stopped to reinvigorate my body and my mind, and most importantly to reflect about how I wanted to approach this new year. Some might call it a new year’s resolution but for…

Tweeting as note taking

There are many ways to note take. One way I have been exploring my digital note taking is through Twitter. I have to compose my thoughts in 140 characters and this naturally lends itself to breaking down key areas, content, ideas, or links I want to capture. I’ve been participating in a large round table…

#shutupandfindajournal

This morning I set up a session with some colleagues that dedicated time to searching for a suitable journal for publications we are all working on. We thought we would do it together to support one another and to be able to ask questions to assist in the thinking process. Participating in this dedication of…

Tips for managing your time

Lately a few people in higher education have been asking me about how I manage my time. It’s a great question as it encouraged me to reflect upon the strategies I use and have been trying as I manage my time and commitments associated to working as an academic. I thought I’d share some of…

#AcWriMo Eve: Come join the Writing Challenge

Just this week I invited my colleagues to come and join me in Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo) to assist in achieving writing goals, dissemination of research, and most importantly to refocus on creating those so important daily writing habits amongst the “busyness” of administration work that can become attached to our roles. I prepared a…

List making for action

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel like you just don’t get everything done in a day you set out to? That the “to do list” barely gets touched and if anything the list grows, and quite considerably in reality. I’ve been thinking about this notion lately. And well to be honest…

A speed meeting.

I’m sitting in a café in San Francisco. I visited this café just over twelve months ago when I was here and have been just “hanging to come back”. Great coffee, awesome vibe, happy staff, and a wonderful environment for writing. This café is pretty popular that I queued in the freshness of this spring…

Starry Ideas: What has caught my eye while learning to STOP!

I just read Thesis Whisperers latest post about Why do academics work so much? And I couldn’t help but find myself nodding at pretty much everything at that Inger wrote. I too have an extended break (but not because I’m transiting positions across universities).  I had the joy of having all of December and early January…

Why I participate in AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month)

It’s day seven of the second annual AcWriMo. I participated last year and joined upon seeing the conversations and support occurring on Twitter amongst PhD students, academics, and early career researchers from around the world. I was so inspired about the process that I have been an advocate shaking my pom poms for the cause to…

Education Hashtags – Which ones inspire you?

Dr Narelle Lemon (@rellypops) 12/06/12 11:18 AM Great hints RT “@teachfine: 10 Education Hashtags to Follow on Twitter #cdwedtechmagazine.com/k12/article/20… via @EdTech_K12 This Tweet and subsequent blog post by @teachfine inspired some thinking about what hashtags I follow for inspiration and connections in learning and teaching. I like these streams as they are an initial contact point to current…

Drop the “T” and let it be all about “CAN”

A new advertisement has been featuring in the last few weeks on Australian television that has the marketing spin of Drop the “T” and let it be all about “CAN”…there is no such thing as “CAN’T”. This philosophy is intriguing to me in how we can learn from this phrase and apply it to the way…

24 hours of learning from others on Working Smarter with Writing projects

Yesterday’s blog post on 6 smarter writing tips ignited much discussion and sharing amongst fellow bloggers and twittersphere users. Some shared publicly and others face to face with me. Here’s what I have learnt so far: Take a break from the writing then review own edits before reviewing with editorial recommendations. Taking time out to…