Call for Adjunct Professors!!!

My fellow adjuncts, life is quite hard for us as we approach the new semester. Perhaps you got a last minute assignment. Perhaps you lost courses. At any rate, we’re at a point of hunkering down.

I’m currently reading Karen Kelsey’s book about finding tenure track jobs because I have not yet given up on finding a tenure track job and now I’m reminded that I need to get on with the business of writing and coming up with a piece that is under review by November!

So this is the question that I am asking you. Are you going to continue trying to get a tenure track job or are you leaving academia altogether? Are you working on academic articles? Let’s talk to each other about what is possible considering that many of us have ridiculous commutes and far too many classes and students.

Solo, not Alone

Last night, Life Coach Annie McPheeters and I led a phone workshop called Being Productive While Working Solo. While we led the workshop, I learned from it as well. People seemed to come because they wanted to navigate the perils of working on their own. Many of us are writers, contractors, marketers, academics, even life coaches, and we spend inordinate amounts of time working by ourselves. In this case, we forget that we can bring people along in what we do.

We often wonder how much contact we need with other peAloneople. The answer to this is it depends. A life coach on the call made a recommendation she abides by in her workshops: human beings can work very determinedly for about two hours. After that, we need to recharge our batteries. We can do this in many ways. It might be taking that run, meditating, or having lunch with people. Ultimately, that urge we feel in the middle of our workday to check our Facebook page (for example) or call a buddy is a simply human instinct. Social media need not be frivolous distraction – in can point the way to contacting people who could give us a necessary boost.

And sometimes we cram in enough human contact that we need to actually need to schedule time to sort out what we want, what our goals are, and to sort out next steps. You can do this remembering the people in your life who cheer you on.

What have you done to connect with people today? Use that time to bounce ideas off other people, to eat a healthy lunch, get some exercise, or compare childcare notes. While it may feel like a waste of time, it may prove invaluable.

Connection is the key to being productive while working alone. Find yours today.

Michelle Dionne Thompson, PhD