Midterm Reflection

I’m a big believer that it’s good to take a little time now and then to reflect on how things are going. Have you hit your goals for the semester? Made progress? Continued down the same ruts you were in before?

Check this out (from Inside Higher Ed):

I hope that you answered enthusiastically that your projects are perfectly on track and you feel exhilarated by all your success! But if you are like me, you’ve probably had some successes and some disappointments this semester. Whenever I find myself unsatisfied with my progress, I pause to ask: what’s holding me back? Because once I can pinpoint what the problems are, I can make targeted adjustments that will help me to get back on track.

In my work with new faculty members, I find that most people’s productivity is blocked by some combination of what Julie Morgenstern describes as technical errors, external realities, and psychological obstacles. I’ve adapted these for academic writers and describe each of them below. Of course, the answer to what’s holding YOU back is something that only you can answer, but personally, I find this checklist an extremely helpful and efficient framework to quickly identify the areas where I need to make adjustments for the remainder of the semester.

Find the checklist HERE.

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