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Creating a Default Schedule

One of the keys to my productivity (and avoiding procrastination) is to schedule things during a time of day when I have an appropriate amount of energy. I try to do things that require a high amount of concentration in the morning, when I have more energy and am naturally more focused, and things that … Continue reading

Use Your Energy Patterns to Be More Productive

One of the biggest light bulb moments I’ve had in terms of scholarly productivity is that when I work on writing when I’m energized, things go better. This probably sounds obvious, but for years–ahem, I mean more than a decade–I tried to do my writing in the afternoon, the time recognized as nap time, coffee … Continue reading

sleep hygiene for faculty

Sleep hygiene is the official term for your sleep practices, including things like napping, what you do to wind down before bed, setting your bedtime and wake time, and what you eat or drink before bed. I was not always a good sleeper, but for the past nine years I have been a champion sleeper, … Continue reading

The Tie-Breaker: Making Decisions about How to Spend Your Time

It’s common at a teaching institution to feel pulled in too many different directions by your job. Sometimes this pulling can actually be quantified. When I was hired, for example, I was told that 50% of my time should go to teaching, 30% to scholarship, 20% to service, and the remaining 50% to the Writing … Continue reading

time breakdown for a typical week

Many discussions about doing research at a teaching institution break down into the kind of bickering and belittling evidenced in the comment thread on this Inside Higher Ed article. So let me say from the outset, I teach writing and writing center theory and practice at an institution with a 4/4 load. I get a … Continue reading

Reducing time spent on teaching prep

Reducing the time you spend on teaching prep frees up time to put toward other things, like research or writing or family or whatever. Tonya Boza observes I have been teaching at the university level for over a decade, and have learned that there is not a direct relationship between the numbers of hours you … Continue reading

revisionspiral reboot!

This blog, the third iteration of revisionspiral, is devoted to “balancing” the demands and whims of being a professor at a teaching-focused institution. I used the scare quotes around “balancing,” but I might as well have also used them around a few other words in that sentence . . . it’s complicated! Let me explain. … Continue reading

About me

I teach writing theory and practice courses in the English department and direct the Writing Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Before joining the MSU Denver faculty in 2008, I taught at Red Rocks Community College for thirteen years. In addition to teaching and directing the Writing Center at MSU Denver, I work with … Continue reading