Happy June! It’s summer here in the Northern hemisphere.
For academics, professors on sabbatical, and moms juggling the demands of a fulltime job with a dissertation, summer roars in, knocking over all of your structures, making you fight for balance.
Why do you forget what it’s always like? You think you are ready until summer is actually here, kids are out of school, family trips loom, and you are once again on shifting ground.
It is going to take effort, but you can make this work. Remember my “Mom’s in Maine” sign? When I needed to make a space for writing—a cottage, if you will—inside my house, I put a sign on my home office door that read “Mom’s in Maine.” My fantasy was to have a writer’s cottage in Maine, but I was in the Virginia suburbs. The sign was a small, fanciful strategy, but it helped to define mental and physical boundaries for me and my family.
What specifically is your writing goal for the next two months? Don’t procrastinate because of your kids. To get started toward that goal, it’s time to readjust your mindset and commit to strategies that work.
If you are reading this, then it is time to write.
My best to you,
NancyNancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC Your International Dissertation Coach and Academic Career Coach Nancy @ nancywhichard.com www.nancywhichard.com www.smarttipsforwriters.com