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Hi Everyone! Thanks for joining us today. I set this thread to publish at 1 a.m. my time so that folks in later timezones could get started. It was really motivating to wake up to all your messages this morning about your goals for the week! Thank you for that.

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Jenn, and I'm the curator of this newsletter. My day job is being an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Texas at Austin. As of last week, I started writing a book inspired by some of my writing in Publish Not Perish and I think I've told my partner and only one other person about this, so it feels much more real to say it to all of you!

My non-academic fun fact is that I've got really poor taste in films. I like action films, slapstick comedies, cheesy romances, and not-well-thought-out sci-fi films. I'd much rather be watching something like that than most of the things that win Oscars. I have a strong aversion to anything with sad or depressing endings or people I can't cheer for.

I'm inspired by Erin and Catherine to do good-better-best smart goals this week. Here's my main writing goal this week:

By Friday at noon, I will have added X number of words to Chapter 3 of my book manuscript.

X = Good: 1000 words; Better: 1500 words; Best: 2000 words.

I actually have a post coming out sometime soon about good, better, and best goals, which I originally learned from Erin. I love how Catherine adds it to the SMART goal format. If anyone else uses this and/or modifies it in some helpful way, let me know! I'll add it to the post.

Good luck, ya'll! (I live in Texas, am from the Southern US, and I love having a plural you in the English language.)

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Hi All! I'm an independent scholar (PhD in Rhetoric & Composition; MFA in Poetry) and I've decided that I'd like to use the PNP writing accountability to help me return to a big goal I set when I graduated: transitioning my PhD research into a free, public website without academic jargon. My PhD was on Lisa Ben--the woman who wrote the first lesbian magazine in the US in 1947-1948--and my website is LisaBenography.com. This week my goal is to review my website so far, write up a plan for copy I'd like to create, and spend 1 hour working on it. Slowly but surely returning to it.

Non-academic thing about me: I'm excited to learn how to cook this year. I recently learned I'm allergic to whey and casein and am trying to figure out tasty food that's gluten free + now dairy free. Last night I made a curry falafel recipe with a kale salad and it was pretty good! I'd love to hear any dairy free/gluten free cookbooks you might suggest!

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Hi-- I'm a finishing my dissertation at George Washington and teaching composition at Shepherd University in West Virginia. I’m new to WV and temporary, but I love being out of the city (D.C.) for a bit as I finish up the diss. Being around trees and rivers is good for my soul (even if I’m mainly reading in the vicinity, not hiking or rafting or outdoor-adventuring.)

I have about 2 weeks to finish a chapter and write the introduction if I am going to defend this semester, so that is my primary focus for this week and the near future.

I am finishing a chapter on textile work in Gaskell’s North and South in order to send it to my committee by Saturday. (I think that statement hits the SMART guidelines.) I’ve written and received feedback on about three quarters of it, but it hibernated over the holiday as I tried to think through some scale problems, and shockingly, it didn't fix itself during that time.

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Hi, I'm Natasha. I'm an independent scholar -Theology and The Arts. Doing this work with a Masters, but hope to start a practice based PhD in the Autumn (2024).

Hoping to present a paper at a conference in April. Deadline for Abstract this Wednesday 17th- 5pm. Deciding what I'm going to present is my immediate goal this week.

I have secured a book contract and managed to do NO work on it at all last year. Need to change that. So that's a main goal this year.

Non academic: Used to be an actress, was discerning for Ordination, until it became clear this was the path for me. I get to combine creativity and interest in theology and social justice. I love the gym, and running (once my back get's better), I say that I like to read, yet getting through a novel takes a while due to attention span and dyslexia!!

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi, everyone! Thanks for doing this, Jenn :)

I'm Liz, an assistant prof in urban/environmental studies at UCLA with a background in media studies. My major project is my first book, an ethnography of "managed retreat" from the coast in Staten Island, NY, after Hurricane Sandy. Non-work-wise, I'm from upstate NY but am learning to love LA (2024 goal: practice driving) - I love walking in the hills/canyons and am excited to get back to indoor climbing, which I stopped doing regularly when the pandemic hit and I had a baby (who is now 3.5).

This week, my main goal is to prioritize book writing by 1) sending really rough/unwieldy but existent chapter 2 draft to a friendly reader and 2) touching my chapter 3 draft every day, incorporating the notes I've drafted so far into the doc. My other research/writing goals for the week are to do one next step on a coauthored paper draft that's been languishing and to start brainstorming an upcoming talk connected to a new project. Lots to juggle but I'm hoping I can move things along bit by bit.

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi all, I'm Erin (she/her) and I'm a PhD Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, aiming to defend my dissertation in late March/early April. A lot to juggle this week, between winter storm (always the threat of a grid failure in Texas), first week back teaching (if classes don't get cancelled), prepping for a job interview, and–of course–the dissertation.

My main writing goal is revisions! I've been trying to get a revised chapter out to my committee co-chairs at the beginning of each week, but due to some hiccups last week I have fallen a little bit behind. I'm hoping to get the chapter I'm currently working on up to 80% ideally by the end of the day today, but no later than end of day tomorrow. By Friday, I'd really just like to have spent 1-2 hours a day pushing my next chapter's revisions forward, and staying focused on what needs to get done rather than what I would like to get done in an ideal world.

Non-academic: it will shock no one that I like to read, especially as someone studying literature, but I have been reading and enjoying a book that is not related to my research – Sophie Lewis's Abolish the Family.

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi, I'm Michelle. I'm an associate professor of history at Michigan State University. I wrote a book that came out almost 10 years ago, and since then, I've written lots of articles, book chapters, and other things. But the next book is nowhere in sight.

My non-academic thing is that I had a military career before I became an academic.

This week, I would like to take a step in the direction of the book. I will dedicate 30 minutes minimum each day to locating the various fragments of the book in one place so that I can assess what I have and what needs doing.

Thanks for this space, and I look forward to working with you!

Michelle

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi, I'm Kim and I'm a Clinical Professor living in NYC. I'm working on an article based on a conference presentation from last summer (the original plan was to finish it before fall semester began...). My goal for this week is to get this draft in shape to share with a writing group--if I can find anyone with time to read it before the semester really gets going. Hope all in the freezing zone are doing okay! Thanks

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi all! I teach multicultural and postcolonial literature at UIndy, where we're now entering week 1 of the semester. Currently attempting to type with a cat on my lap in the middle of this winter-pocalypse. I was, as usual, overly ambitious for winter break goals. My goals for this week are to spend at least two hours on my current project, focusing on very very contemporary (2023-2024!!!) BIPOC literary works about publishing.

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi all, my name is Elaine and I am a mid-career researcher and academic. Publishing in academia has always felt like having a sword of Damocles- either you publish or perish! But I am slowly learning to unlearn previously unproductive habits in my writing. Great to have a group to work with. I've just started learning the ukelele as a creativity outlet for me and for others around me to enjoy.

I am currently drafting an academic article, rushing to finish (it constantly feels like being on a spinning wheel) to pass on to my co-authors to refine. My goal by the end of this week is to restructure and refine the current Methods and Findings section so I can get a better grip of the Discussion section.

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi, I am Gill, an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. This week is busy with my doctoral graduation and with teaching, but I do want to plan out a short article I am writing on signature pedagogies in my field for a mid-range journal read by a lot of practitioners as well as researchers. my goal will be to have shared an overview of the article with some key collaborators for comment by the end of the week. My non work thing is that I am hosting a little drinks gathering post graduation tomorrow evening.

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Jan 19Liked by Jenn McClearen

Mary Durfee I did absolutely nothing other than attempt to stay warm. Power went off on Saturday, reappeared briefly for 2 hours on Sunday (Eugene, Springfield, OR). Then zip. It came on (we hope for real) about an hour ago (Friday). The first couple of nights lows were in the low 20s or high teens F. Then nights warmed into the 40F range. I have thrown everything out of the freezers and the veggies in the frig. Am debating various sauces/bottles, but am inclined to take this rather unnpleasant event as a sign to just start over with all clean, all empty ones (we have 2.5 of them). The pleasant side was that neighbors who did have power gave us hot water for coffee, or soup, or their outlets to keep phones charged, or just conversation. We had conversation out on the street even if we didn't have power. It was a very good local society experience. Heck, when the local cafe opened (I noticed late yesterday and went early this morning), it gave free coffee to anyone without power. We have a gas fireplace--partly for just this kind of problem and were ever so glad we had it. We still had running water. It could have been worse, far worse--like if we had been souls facing winter and often without utilities while being bombed or invaded. We now know what was missing or could be improved with our supplies for "disasters"....even a small one like this. We are also going to suggest to the city that they need to find ways to communicate with the public that doesn't involve computer access. A radio station would give a short report, but then refer us to the website.

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Jan 19Liked by Jenn McClearen

It's (after) 5:00 on Friday, which might say more about my chaotic life than anything else. In some ways, this was the perfect week for a writing and accountability challenge because we have been stuck in the house since 1/12; in other ways, it exponentially revealed just how quickly good planning can go out the window.

How did your writing goals go this week?

The writing goals I set on Monday went fine as far as they went. I accomplished the first one without a problem. Apparently, my co-authors all came out of hibernation because I got three articles back for final review and submission (all have been submitted) and I got back the final outline for two new data collections (IRBs completed).

What do you need to adjust or do differently next week?

Leave myself more space for the unexpected to crop up (maybe not set any daily goals for Friday or set optional goals if time and space allow). Also need to remember that going back to classes impacts my writing productivity more than I anticipate.

What can you celebrate about the week, no matter how small or large it is?

There are three previously rejected articles back in submission at new journals and we have corrected some of the concerns in one of them to do a new study with better data collection and planned analyses.

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Jan 19·edited Jan 19Liked by Jenn McClearen

Happy Friday, everyone! Here's my check-in to wrap up the week.

How did your writing goals go this week? I met my goal of preparing a slide deck + script for a presentation of my dissertation, complete with theoretical framework, argument abstract, and individual chapter summaries. It helped to have a clear deadline, external accountability, and time to devote specifically to this project every day. I'm not thrilled with how the presentation went, but the slide deck + script have given me a great foundation for my writing, so I'm counting it as a win!

What do you need to adjust or do differently next week? Next week I'll have less time available for dissertation work, and I won't have any external deadlines for the foreseeable future. So, I'll need to work on breaking down my long-term project into smaller tasks so that I can set deadlines for myself. I'll also need to find accountability elsewhere -- whether that's in this PNP group or in my on-campus writing group.

Academic celebration: I've found a group of students who are eager to meet for co-writing sessions, and I'm excited to incorporate some human contact into my work life! Non-academic celebration: I'm doing Dry January (actually, I'm working toward long-term sobriety), and I made it through some long, tough days this week without a drink :)

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Jan 19Liked by Jenn McClearen

Friday Check-In:

How did your writing goals go this week?

Well, I'm glad I kept things modest, because I haven't yet touched my ch 3 revisions (but Friday's not over yet!). Finishing up my ch 2 revisions took longer than expected due to some flare-ups of a health condition, and I'm not happy with where that chapter is at right now but am just accepting "good enough for now," knowing that I'll need to come back to them before they're "final," and forging ahead.

What do you need to adjust or do differently next week?

After I sent off my revisions and taught yesterday, I was exhausted from the writing push, health stuff, and the anxiety that comes with just existing in Texas during cold weather–as Kelly expressed well at the beginning of the week. Building lots of buffer time into my schedule to allow myself to just be a human is something that I am continually working on, and I'm going to make an extra effort to do so next week. Relatedly, I'm going to try to use my weekends strategically for writing time especially before the wave of grading starts to hit, since I find teaching sucks up so much of my energy as an introvert that I have to set verrrry modest writing goals for teaching days during the week.

What can you celebrate about the week, no matter how small or large it is?

I accepted my ch 2 for what it is right now, and sent it off! Through a routine self-Google, while prepping for a job interview, I also discovered that one of my articles has officially been published–which is scary because now people can read it!! But overall exciting in the grand scheme of things, especially since it's been a looooong road (more so with another article I have forthcoming, but with this one too) with pandemic-related delays and journal backlogs.

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Jan 19Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi Everyone

I’m Bernadette and I’m joining at the end of the week, which just goes to show how rubbish I am at getting things done in a timely way. I teach at Goldsmiths (London), which is currently falling apart (£20m deficit), meaning we’re now facing another ‘transformation’ agenda (code for redundancies); it’s week 2 of term and I have a load of essays to mark for next week but also a week FULL of meetings, student interviews and PhD supervisions. Had I joined on time, my goal for this week would have been to do the minor revisions for a journal essay submitted last year. It’s been accepted for publication in principle and will be published as soon as I make these v minor errors. However I am struggling even to keep pace with the start of term. Yesterday I worked from 8-8, without lunch or breakfast, and still didn’t get through everything. Weekend may have to be marking. If I don’t get to the corrections, that will be next week’s goal. Hope everyone else is having a saner start to the new year! Despite the dire tone, I’m very happy to be here and look forward to hearing more about your work and progress !

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Jan 16Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi Everyone! I'm a Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. I'm on sabbatical for this quarter and would dearly love to make some forward movement on my book - which has already changed in focus twice since I started it.

However, for this week I'm focusing on a nearer term goal of working on an article due next month. My plan is to have a full list of reference articles and to have read through a few issues of the journal that solicited the article.

Non-academic thing: Last year I went on a backpacking trip for the first time in 7 or 8 years. I am hoping to go again this summer and have picked out a route that is more challenging than last year. This quarter is also my quarter to do some winter hiking - which both gets me in better shape and makes me very happy,

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Jan 16Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi everyone! I am post doc researcher working on finishing two manuscripts from my PhD thesis.

Currently, it is a little bit difficult to find time for writing the manuscripts, while also doing research activities and looking for other jobs. I am glad to have found the PNP community and I am soo looking forward to this week accountability with all of you!

Non-academic: I enjoy reading about ways to improve communication and relationships. Recently I found out about NVC (non-violent communication) and trying to put it into practice with myself and with other people. I also love walking in nature everyday and expressing my feelings through dance :)

Goals for this week:

- Prepare the protocols for 2 experiments.

- Define the storyline of a manuscript

Best of luck to all of you!

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Hello everyone. I'm Kelly McMichael. I'm an Associate Professor of History with the American Public University (and adjunct other places to make more money). I live in Texas about 3 hours northwest of Austin, though I "share" an apartment with my daughter in Santa Fe, NM, meaning I pay half the rent on it because she can't afford to pay the full amount on what she makes.

I submitted an article to a distance education journal yesterday, and I'm celebrating having that off my plate.

As for this year, I've got too many projects going on but I can't drop any of them. Two are academic--I've got a presentation on formerly enslaved women in Tennessee who divorced between 1865-1900 that I'd also like to get a publication, won a research travel grant to go to Ireland and England this summer to work on Irish women who emigrated to the Americas between 1760 and 1820, and finally I'm writing a book for a former assistant to the artist Jasper Johns who stole some of John's artwork and served 18 months in prison for this crime. He's not told his story but wants to do so in book form.

I'm still in the research phase for all of these projects, and I need to process primary source materials and get to writing. For the book project, I also need to be thinking about getting a proposal together to find an agent. I hope to be doing that by mid-February.

My non-academic fun? I read a lot--fiction and non-fiction. I like to travel. I turned 55 on Saturday and spent the day in the hospital because my father-in-law had emergency gallbladder surgery. I seem to be in that period of life where I'm still dealing with my adult children but also starting to deal with my parent's health issues (and have had to deal with my in-laws health issues for several years). I had so many plans for work this week, but my daughter is sick with Flu A and needs help. I'll be driving to Santa Fe tomorrow and carrying a load of work with me. Please send good wishes that I can feed/care for her and NOT get the flu. Haha!

Main goal for this week:

1. to begin processing the court records of divorce petitions I gathered last week on a research trip to Nashville, inputting data into a spreadsheet.

2. to read the book on Jasper Johns that's been on my desk for a month.

3. to finish reading a huge secondary source on Irish history

With all the family stuff, that's likely all I'll manage this week. IF I manage to read the two books and take notes, I'll be thrilled. Setting up the spreadsheet by going through at least a few of the divorce records would be excellent.

Happy to meet you all and have some accountability on these projects.

Kelly

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi! I'm a health services researcher with a focus on chronic illness care delivery. I love to grow flowers and garden when I'm not working! I'm excited for all the flower shopping that will begin in the coming spring.

My writing aim for this week is to draft one outline for a manuscript and prepare a conference abstract.

I look forward to writing virtually with everyone!

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I'm Coree (she/her), a lecturer in Politics in Scotland. Non-research related - 2024 is my year of art and I'm aiming for 12 exhibitions.

A colleague and I agreed to write a contribution to a special issue, but haven't quite figured out how to shoehorn our research interests into the special issue, so the goal is to agree a topic, develop a research question, and start the data collection by the end of the week. It sounds a bit ambitious but we work really well together, and are good at focusing on small but mighty datasets (a set of 20 speeches, editorials etc).

I started today by searching Hansard (record of Parliamentary debates) and am feeling like I'm coming back empty. And now I wonder about a focus on editorials in a Conservative-leaning paper, as a decently discreet dataset.

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi Everyone! I'm Nicole. I am an assistant prof in public safety and justice at MacEwan university (Alberta Canada). I'm also working on my PhD at University of Alberta (nice to have that "if you don't finish we fire you" threat). It's COLD, so I think most of my meetings today have moved online. My goals for this week for writing/research are:

-final edits a co-authored piece that I want to have out this week or next

-write a proposal for a conference to present my PhD data (that I haven't gathered yet... but will have by the conference in Oct).

-catch up on lesson planning (we started the term 3 weeks ago and I have 3 new preps)

-(stretch goal) Write an abstract for a coauthored manuscript

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

I would be the one who started in the wrong place. My name is Michelle, but I go by Snoopy if there are too many Michelles around! I am an associate professor of communication studies at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I study organizational and instructional communication at work and enjoy knitting/crocheting and scrapbooking outside of work. I am working on two projects: one related to methodological validity in qualitative and quantitative published research and one related to oral communication general education requirements. Goals for this week:

1. Add last three articles to literature review to finish argument

2. Update methods to include journals and descriptive statistics

3. Outline introduction and rationale for SofTL article on oral communication requirements

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I’m an Associate Professor at the U of Minnesota, where we’re entering the first week of classes. So I’m trying to keep my goal manageable, even if I have anxiety about being able to make time for writing while teaching. I’m going to work on the introduction to my chapter on injuries, disability, and modernity in Walter Scott.

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi. Catherine here. I have a co-authored paper that I need to have worked on before our next meeting on Friday. About 5 hours should do it. First week back after the summer break (writing from Australia) and there are many competing priorities. So this is my commitment now to the 4 x 1-1.5 hour blocks I have put in my diary over the next four days to enable me to reach the deadline. I am an early career academic with a tendency to take on too much in order to feel more competitive in a crappy job market. Hooray for Pilates, home cooked meals, time with friends and early nights to try and calm myself down! But it's a constant struggle to balance. All the best for a great week.

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Jan 20Liked by Jenn McClearen

Not sure if I am putting this in the right place but I did my article summary and got good feedback but not as detailed as I had hoped for. So now I need to find space to develop the draft next week. A friend is visiting me all week and knows I have meetings when he needs to entertain himself but i feel awkward about telling him I am writing. So need to be assertive about that.

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Jan 19Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi, everyone,

Here's my Friday recap.

1. How did your writing goals go this week?

Meh. Not a great week for me, though honestly, I did not expect to get a ton of writing done, since the semester starts on Monday. Still, I did accomplish my small goal of working on one methods-related part of my revise and resubmit. I purposely set a pretty small goal, knowing that most of my time would be spent on class prep and meetings. And I suppose that I did accomplish it, though it was a relatively minor task in a long, long list of tasks.

2. What do you need to adjust or do differently next week?

I plan on getting back into a regular work routine. Assuming that there are no illnesses in the family or other unforeseen events, I should be able to get back into a regular writing/research schedule. My goal is to devote about 2 hours toward the revise and resubmit next week. Of course, weeks like this one will happen again (things will come up and research time will need to be adjusted), so what I really need is a plan for how to get back on track when weeks like this happen.

3. What can you celebrate about the week, no matter how small or large it is?

I can celebrate accomplishing my minor task, while also prepping for classes and attending meetings. And even though I was lacking childcare for some days, it was nice to have a belated birthday playdate for my older daughter and a (not belated) birthday playdate for my younger daughter. They were both really happy that they could have these special afternoons with their friends, so that was a nice non-work/academic win!

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Jan 16Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi Everyone! I know I'm a couple of days late but thought to dive in anyway. I'm in Australia so there's a bit of a time zone difference. It's still the middle of the summer school holiday break and sadly, we're on the tail end of a COVID breakout which means I've got the attention span of a goldfish at the moment.

I'm a part time PhD candidate with Western Sydney University investigating primary music education - elementary school in the US - and the self efficacy of generalist primary teachers for teaching music. I'm also a full time secondary Music and Religious Education teacher in the gorgeous Blue Mountains of NSW.

Goals for this week are simply to work in small chunks on my research methods chapter and have something ready to send off to my supervisors. Data collection hasn't started yet so it has a "this is what I'm planning to do" kind of vibe about it which will shift as data comes in.

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Jan 16Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi everyone! My name is Briana, and I'm an assistant professor in Communication at the University of Maryland. This week my big goal is finishing teaching my winter course and getting my spring course up and ready to go. This week (and honestly all of winter break) has been filled with sickness, cold weather and my family climbing all over each other and annoying each other, which means that very little work has gotten done. Case in point--yesterday was MLK holiday, today was a snow day and I'm assuming there will be a delay if not closure tomorrow because of freezing temperatures. So I'm trying to extend much grace this week!

Before the end of this week, I do want to have a draft of my semester plan done. I have lots of writing projects that I need to get done and ready to submit for publication this year, so I need to be focused and really set those SMART goals.

For this week, I am completing my final lecture (and recording it), finishing up grading, introducing their final assignment. I also need to map out the syllabus for my spring course. The good thing is that these are both the same classes (and I'll be teaching this course for the 3rd time in the spring), so mainly it's just tweaking and finalizing guest speakers.

Excited to be part of this community!

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Jan 16Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hello all! I am the Chair of Theater and this week is the last week before classes and auditions. . . so there are a lot of meetings, documents, logistics, etc. My goal is to spend at least one hour on my monograph T, W, Th, F this week. I have some note taking and think-writing to do in response to a couple articles and book chapters I have read that will directly inform the chapter I am writing. (My goal for the semester is to draft the chapter, which is all new. My full ms is due April 2025 and I have set goals for the chapters and rewriting, indexing, etc. One brand new chapter this semester would be great! So I am also working on remembering to write when short on time per Jenn's helpful linked post about those pesky 15 minutes one spends emailing.). I love baking, cross country skiing and oil painting.

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Jan 15Liked by Jenn McClearen

Hi, I'm Diana. I'm a Public Policy scholar in the University of Texas (UT) system. My main project is a book manuscript currently out for initial peer review but, for the near term, I'm focusing on pulling together a conference paper that extends my work to a new region. My goal for the week is to spend at least 10 hours (averaging 2 hours per day) doing basic research on U.S. Cold War era policy towards the Horn of Africa and coding the documents I've collected to date.

As for non-academics, I'm a textile and ceramic artist who doesn't spend nearly as much time making things as I would wish.

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Hi, everyone,

I'm rather late to posting, but still wanted to participate in this week. Our semester starts next week, so it's been an especially busy time with meetings and class prep, plus no childcare for two out of the five days. I'm an Assistant Professor in political science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. My focus is on the international-side of political science (e.g., political violence, nonviolence, identity politics, state repression, and authoritarian regimes). Outside of academia, I like hiking and being outdoors (a bit harder to do with the frigid temperatures this week, but that's what good winter gear is for), am an avid listener of podcasts, and have been enjoying playing Just Dance with my kiddos lately.

This week, my focus has been on figuring out how to address one of the methods-related comments from a reviewer on a revise and resubmit.

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Hi there, I'm Devon. I'm a PhD student aiming to complete three dissertation chapters in 2024. I'm currently enrolled in three seminar courses and I meet with a writing group every other week, but otherwise my time is flexible. I'm continually working on establishing healthy boundaries between work time and not-work time.

At the end of this week, I need to present a big-picture overview of my dissertation. I like to use the good, better, best method for goal-setting. So my good SMART goal: By Friday afternoon, I will have a complete slide deck for a 40-minute talk. Better: I will have a complete slide deck with a script for a 40-minute talk. Best: I will have a complete slide deck and script, plus specific questions for feedback and discussion. My *hope* is that I can use the script of this talk as a foundation for my introduction.

Non-academic: I have two book clubs going at the moment, so I'm reading Fern Brady's Strong Female Character and Proust's Swann's Way. I'm also joining my team for trivia night on Thursday, and I'll try and do some yoga or get some runs in this week.

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Hi, I am an early-career scholar trying to write my first monograph based on one (!) of my dissertation chapters so the process has been quite daunting but also super exciting. I am a yoga practitioner and someone who likes to work from home. My weekdays during term time (short but extremely intense and without breaks at my eccentric institution) are filled head to toe with teaching, supervising and admin, so I usually use weekends for my own research because I do find that I prefer large block of time to get into the state of flow. This week I plan to finish reading an important book for my research that I anticipate to potentially help restructure some of the thinking that I already drafted. So I will be taking notes and possibly revise and write.

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I hope everything went well for everyone. I am happy to have done some good writing work, mostly in the times I pre-allocated, and met my Friday deadline for the co-authored paper.

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Hello all--this group really did help me this week to stay on track because I kept thinking about having to update my progress. So yay for that! I did make progress on all three of my projects, including a sort of timeline for myself for the year. Since I have a conference presentation in May, I'll focus most heavily on that project in the coming weeks. I did read the 500 plus page book on Irish History I had hoped to read and since it is an overview, I now have a bibliography of sources to track down. I had the first interview with the artist I'm working with to write his memoir and it was juicy. I'm now thinking his life event would make a good "true crime" podcast, and I'll be looking into that. I did some background reading on him, which meant goal 2 was met. Finally, I started my spreadsheet to code info on formerly enslaved women in TN after the Civil War and began looking through census records to track them down. Little things but definitely a successful week.

Also, I really like this idea of good, better, best and will be using that for weekly goal-making moving forward.

Cheers to you all,

Kelly

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