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“How to be Productive at an HBCU without Killing Yourself”

The Hub Blog is about writing but not JUST about writing. Our CareFull Scholars program asserts that the health and well-being of the scholar is crucial to the quality and quantity of the scholarship. We seek to cultivate the Scholar’s Mind by tapping into the inherent genius that is our own inner wisdom. To do this we begin with the practice of writing as a set of activities that requires a healthy body, quiet mind, restful spirit and effective use of technology. For those who need to know the whole picture, this week’s blog is the entire outline for the 2022-23 Hub Blog: Writing as a Practice and not just for a Product or “How to be Productive at an HBCU without Killing Yourself.”

For this year-long conversation I’ll be inviting guest bloggers to join me in addressing these topics. We will also respond to your comments as we write together using these and other tools. So, what are you planning to write in the next 3 months? Please, tell us in the comments below, then start today. You have 15 minutes.

Writing as a Practice and not just for a Product

  1. Write to clear: Morning Pages

  2. Write to think: Your Mother Lode document

  3. Write every day (M-F) for 30 minutes (25 + 5 using Pomodoro Method)

  4. Write to empower:

  5. Create knowledge - empirical studies

  6. Synthesize knowledge- lit reviews (Chantelle’s Template),

  7. Pursue Understanding (concept or theoretical papers, practice briefs, special issues)

  8. Establish a Voice- edited books

  9. Get Money- grant proposals (federal, state, private)

  10. Leave a Legacy (influence the field)

  11. A method for DAILY Scholarly Writing

  12. The Pomodoro method uses focused and diffuse thinking

  13. Keeps your writing focused on the task at hand

  14. Strengthens a writing habit: Scheduled 25 minutes for writing+5 min stretch every day M-F

  15. Plan your Pomodoro as you would a meeting

  16. Protect the time. Writing is not done after everything else.

  17. Allows for the connecting of your ideas when productivity is tracked and examined weekly as part of Weekly Planning

  18. Structures for Support that will help change your relationship with your writing.

  19. Mental and Emotional Structures for Support

  20. Personal Visioning- Where does your writing fit in your own strategic plan? (Faculty Success Program)

  21. Collaboration- Join this Community- you don’t have to write alone

  22. Prioritize: Schedule an appointment for your daily writing by planning your week around it (Faculty Success Program)

  23. Technical Structures for Support

  24. Where to put the writing

  25. Mother Lode Google Document

  26. OSF links and OSF Templates

  27. Organizing

  28. Working a Plan

  29. MicroSteps(From the seed idea to the submission)

  30. Logic Models (Does your thinking make sense)

  31. Writing as community (Create accountabilities bigger than you)

  32. Writing Log: Track your progress with tools for Project Planning

  33. Bullet journal

  34. Planner Pad

  35. Mastering Your Tools

  36. Your computer

  37. A scholar’s desktop

  38. Tabs and shortcuts

  39. Folders and Subfolders

  40. Cloud storage and back-ups

  41. Apps for an efficient workflow

  42. Word Processing Tools

  43. MS Word, Pages

  44. Outline feature

  45. Track changes

  46. References from footnotes

  47. Personal Data Base of Citations

  48. Zotero, Endnote, Refworks and others

  49. Lit Review template- Excel

  50. Software for writing

  51. Craft

  52. Drafts

  53. Notes

  54. Audio files

  55. On line tools for Collaboration

  56. Physical Structures for Support

  57. Place to write that is inviting to you

  58. Personal habits conducive to writing

  59. The Clear Your Desk habit

  60. Keep a notebook for your notes habit

  61. Personal wiki habit

  62. Get rid of paper habit

  63. Know your personal ambience preferences for writing

  64. Use Writing Tools that inspire you

  65. Scrivener(an app for writing)

  66. Levenger(beautiful paper and pens)

  67. Feed your spirit: quiet your mind

  68. Mandala coloring book (paper or digital)

  69. Yoga and Stretching

  70. Walking and Running (10,000 Steps per day)

  71. Eating Healthy (Eat, Not a lot, Mostly plants)

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