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Time to think at work

Time to think at work

Do you ever wish you had more time to think at work? Within my work life, I've got countless small and bigger "things" I'd like to dedicate more thinking time to. These include projects I want to explore, strategic directions I wish to examine, ideas I'm itching to...

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Overcommitting at work

Overcommitting at work

There's a lot of advice on how to assertively say 'no' at work and establish boundaries to avoid overcommitting and exhaustion. Boundary-setting skills are essential, but I've noticed that advice givers frequently assume that you don't actually want to take on the...

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2023 Q4 Goal Check-in

2023 Q4 Goal Check-in

In 2023, I decided to share and report back on my goals for each quarter (see here for Q1 and Q2 and Q3) In this fourth quarter, I had less goals--which reflected a broader theme of easing off on myself and going at a gentler pace. Below is a list of my Quarter 4...

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Networking is being in relationship

Networking is being in relationship

Networking is being in relationship Whether we're actively seeking work or not, we should always be networking. And, in my opinion, we are. Because networking is about being in relationship. The thing is that there are good ways to be in relationship, and crummy ways....

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People pleasing at work

People pleasing at work

Many of us, especially if we have perfectionist characteristics, are concerned about other people's opinions of us at work. As a result, we may engage in people pleasing behaviours, which then have consequences on our career wellbeing. How people pleasing at work...

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Your to-do list makeover (try this to reduce overwhelm)

Your to-do list makeover (try this to reduce overwhelm)

Do you have a massive list of to-dos? I do, and rely on it heavily. I always have one on the go because my task list helps me: get things outside my head with prioritization and accountability create order get things done Though I am a to-do list enthusiast, I also...

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2023 Q3 Goal Check-in

2023 Q3 Goal Check-in

At the beginning of each quarter in 2023, I've created a list of wishes and goals. Then, 3 months later, I've reported back on my blog (see here for Q1 and Q2). Below is a list of my Quarter 3 (July, August, September) wishes, intentions, and goals and a brief summary...

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What is career success, for you?

What is career success, for you?

What is career success, for you?   A common definition of career success reads: Career success is achieving a reasonable level of financial stability while doing work you enjoy. Whether you resonate with the above or not, it provides us with a starting place to...

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A tool to manage your imposter syndrome

A tool to manage your imposter syndrome

Here's a tool to help manage your imposter "syndrome" when it shows up in your career. Which, as research suggests, is often, especially if you have perfectionistic characteristics, which many academics do. In fact, because all people, regardless of gender, race,...

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2023 Q2 Goal Check-in

2023 Q2 Goal Check-in

In early April, I created a list of goals for the second quarter (Q2) of 2023. I enjoyed making that list and then revisiting it regularly during Q2. Most fun, of course, was implementing the items on the list. Here's how things went: Did it Have fun with my family...

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Put yourself out there (or don’t)

Put yourself out there (or don’t)

Do you feel like you need to "put yourself out there" to advance or excel in your career? As an academic, you're expected to make yourself and your work visible. This means sharing your research (at conferences, public engagements and on social media), conducting...

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