Inside this issue: Keeping Track of Progress
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QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
The discipline of writing something down is the first step
toward making it happen.
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something
sensational to read in the train.
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK:
The Transition from Graduate Student to Assistant Professor is targeted for beginning academics and provided by the Career Center at Berkeley. It covers some useful basics for doctoral students starting to think about the job market.
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A Sample Self-Monitoring Chart
One of my faculty clients has been keeping track of the number of pages he writes each day. Looks great, eh? He has graciously sent me the template of his chart – it is a Microsoft word document – and if you’d like a copy, just email me and I’ll send it as an attachment.
Increase Productivity with Self-Monitoring
One of the best ways to develop regular work habits is to consciously attend to your daily activities and accomplishments.
Self-monitoring is the process of keeping track of your process and progress. There are many advantages to tracking your efforts in a relatively systematic way and it is worth spending the time to devise methods that work for you. Watching what you do helps you do what you want.
One advantage of self-monitoring is that it helps to structure work projects without a clear deadline -- such as working on the dissertation, sending off a journal article, or completing a book proposal. Your efforts and progress become more concrete when observed by visible, external measures. A second benefit is that simply monitoring a behavior changes its occurrence in the desired direction.
Watching what you do helps you do what you want.
Ways of monitoring yourself vary as much as the events or behaviors you choose to monitor. Methods range from completely free form approaches, such as a personal journal with no regular schedule of entries, to extremely structured programs, such as a graph indicating the cumulative time you spend on your scholarly work.
Some Types of Self-Monitoring:
What type of self-monitoring do you do?
I’d like to hear from you,
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