Hybrid Pedagogy’s Jesse Stommel and our very own Charlotte Frost rethink academic life and writing productivity in this on-going series of hints, tips and hacks.
ATTEND TO YOUR MIND. Ommmmmmmm! Here’s the thing, if you’re an academic you are, by nature, an over-thinker. This can take its toll. You might not even realise you’re doing it, but be honest, when was the last time you didn’t approach something – anything – like a research project? Even buying a TV involves wading through numerous sources and comparing information, doesn’t it?! So a lot can be said for doing something that switches your mind off. One route is having a hobby. Another way is through some kind of meditation. If you haven’t already tried meditation, you might be sceptical. Unless you’re a Buddhist monk practicing for hours a day, it’s unlikely you’ll ever reach the stage where you can flip a mental off-switch, but that’s fine. Find a class or even just a meditation CD or podcast and learn that it’s in the act of trying to clear your mind that peace is found. You won’t be able to ditch every idea, but each time you tell a nagging feeling about a wrong citation to get the hell out your head, you’re making more room to feel good. And when you do go to fix that citation, you’ll do it quicker and happier. All up in your head already? How about getting a bit physical and working out with this tip <links to ‘Attend to Your Body>
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