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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

Love this post! One thing that I would have done differently in year one was spend more time (well...any time) over the summer thinking about my spring classes- I gave myself a little bit of time over the summer to get ready for fall, but winter break just wasn't enough to get things in place in the same way.

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this is really helpful! I'd add *not* committing to any kind of service (if you can avoid it) until you've got a handle on department relationships, your work load, etc. I was able to stay reasonably balanced with service in my first years (and onward) by not volunteering for anything at first, and then being really strategic about what I took on.

I also think--every institution is so different and so quirky, and it really takes time to learn new systems/people/relationships/etc. if you have a mentor assigned, you should ask that person all your questions, and if you don't, you might ask for one!

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

Thank you! Just what I needed to read this week. I did decide to move about three weeks before the first day of class and two days before going to a conference. I feel the world of academia won't let me slow down. I think I am going to start trying the 3/3/3 method this semester:

3 hours per day to work on an important current project;

3 urgent but less time-consuming things (including meetings); and.

3 “maintenance” tasks” ( e-mails!!!).

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Aug 7, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

This was so helpful! Thank you so much for this post!

I have a suggestion for time management.

1) having a to-do list w/ 3 items to tackle, and once those things are done, wrapping up for the day. Having a stopping point is important:

2) Having a lowered standard each day. “If I don’t do xyz, my day will still be productive.” So if you do have time to complete this task then great. But if not then it builds in allowing the flexibility for you to shift your expectations.

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