I am a podcast nerd. I love them. Why? I don’t always have the time or energy to read, but I can still keep up with things by tuning in on my drive or when I’m walking my dog or cleaning my house. I love how they let you eavesdrop on smart conversations, even about dumb things. So podcasts are my jam. And no, they’re not always about work 🙂 I was catching up on an episode of Hannahlyze This, specifically their Time Log Try Out episode, in which they track how they use their time throughout the day. That’s when my ears really perked up. I really recommend tracking how you spend your time because it is particularly helpful for boosting your work productivity. In order to get your stuff done, you gotta know which time slot of the day you’ll best be able to tackle those things and know how you currently structure your day. Anyway, then the discussion took a left turn into therapy and self-care. Here’s how it went:
My post last week about impostor syndrome got me thinking. It’s not just impostor syndrome academics who tend to struggle with putting limits around info gathering. It’s common among all academics. And so that made me think about other work skills that us academics all need to work on a bit. These are some habits that we academics – yes, even me! – pick up through grad school and beyond. Note that I’m not labeling these habits as good or bad – they can serve us well, but they can also be our worst enemies at times. But let’s be real: there are some academic habits that I have needed to adjust, work around, or just plain kick to the curb over the years. These rear their heads most prominently when you first start working or when you transition into a whole new career, so if you’re new to your job, listen up. (But that doesn’t mean we can’t all use a refresher.) Let’s start with a REALLY common one: procrastination. We all know we need to stop procrastinating. WAY easier said than done, though, so we all need to continuously work on this one, unfortunately. I truly think this can be a lifelong struggle. (Sorry, don’t mean to be a downer!). Procrastination can take many forms.
Mastering the workplace: An ongoing series in which we talk about work skills so you can rock your job. I was in a meeting today in which I had to introduce and define impostor syndrome to some (ahem, male) colleagues, explaining how important it was and that this is a real thing. I’ll save you a google – impostor syndrome is SUPER common throughout academia, and is when high achieving individuals – often women – believe that they are impostors, waiting to be found out and walked out of the workplace. They “struggle to internalize their success…[describing] feelings of fraudulence because they do not attribute their success to their own abilities despite many achievements and accolades. Imposters see themselves as unworthy of the level of praise they are receiving because they do not believe they have earned such recognition based on their capabilities, causing heightened levels of anxiety and stress.” (Anna Parkman, “The Imposter Phenomenon in Higher Education: Incidence and Impact,” Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 2016, p.52).