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hand writingI can’t claim that I take excellent notes, but I like them, I use them, and I can at least say that, ever since I was in grade school, my classmates wanted to copy my notes. For me, they were, and continue to be, a source of pride. I always wanted to be the one having the best notes of my entire cohort. I took handwriting lessons, and I observed how other people wrote so that my own handwriting became neater and prettier. When I studied chemical engineering as an undergraduate, I drew distillation towers and reactors using different color pens, and solved all my partial differential equations using mechanical pencil, all the while underlining or boxing results with red ink. I love handwritten notes. Through the years, I’ve continued to feel proud about my notes, and my note-taking ability. Sometimes, it weirds me out when a few of my own students don’t take notes, to be perfectly honest.

There is a lot of discussion in the educational technology community about whether we should let students take noteson a laptop or whether they learn better writing by hand or not, about how challenging it would be for some students with learning and cognitive issues — and this IS an important issue to consider, particularly those for whom handwriting isn’t possible because of disability issues, etc. I am not going to engage with that discussion because I don’t study this field and I have absolutely no scientific answer for that – Mueller and Oppenheimer 2014 do provide some scientific evidence. I do believe my students sometimes need laptops, but a portion of the time it creates opportunities for distraction – but that’s not the point of this particular post.

I always assume that when my students don’t take notes it is because they are paying attention to the material I am delivering (I prefer to trust my students than to doubt them). I used to give out printed copies of my Power Point slides (which I don’t do anymore) so that my students could write on the margins (Power Point has a printing feature that shows the slide and provides space to the right, where you can jot thoughts and commentary.

Since I don’t actually do research on how to take notes, I started looking for material, and researching it, and found a lot of conflicting advice. I shared my concern and received a very relevant response by Dr. Pat Thomson, someone I respect a lot on the topic of academic writing (and learning, in general).

@raulpacheco don’t forget that for some of us academic writing IS our research area… We speak about writing as you speak about water…

— pat thomson (@ThomsonPat) September 15, 2016

Some of the advice I read may be grounded on scholarly research, as Pat makes a good point, but other pointers in those websites seem to be simple heuristics turned into God-given advice. Though I have to admit I love The Conversation, which is an online magazine reporting on issues, but based on academic research. Claire Brown’s post on note-taking hit home with me. She teaches the Cornell method for note-taking (which I have tested but decided not to continue using), and it seems effective.

There are a few things I have noticed about my own notes that I think help me think better.

1. I always note the date. This helps me link what I taught or listened to to a specific date. I find that despite the neat organization system that my Everything Notebook provides me, I need to understand material in a sequential, time-wise manner.

2. I always use colours. This is obviously hard for people who are colour-blind, but I have noted that using different colours helps me retain better. In particular, I note the topic or main theme in red ink, and then I use markers (asterisks, bullet points, arrows) to denote specific, important points.

3. I *always* take notes of everything, wherever I am and whatever I am doing. This is also funny for a lot of people. I see people at academic seminars, in class, or during faculty meetings who don’t bring a notebook with them. I trust my memory, but I trust my notes even more.

Mind mapping - note-taking4. I use shorthand techniques to make my writing faster. When I was a child, I always thought of which tools and techniques I could “sell” (I wanted to be able to work and sustain myself even if my parents were no longer with me). So, I learned shorthand techniques (Gregg and Pitman), which were secretarial (administrative assistant) skills. I no longer write full sets of notes using Gregg shorthand, but I DO use some of their symbols. Also, I use abbreviations that make sense to me, like “w/” to mean “with”, “WRT” to mean “with respect to”, etc. I also use arrows, bubbles, boxes and stars to build mind maps (more on that topic in a future blog post). Something people ask me often is if I take notes of journal articles, books and book chapters that I read. Doing so would seem repetitious and a waste of time for some people. Generally speaking, I scribble on the margins when I highlight a paper, and then I write a memo on it (directly in my computer).

However, there are places where I read or take notes where I can’t use my laptop (e.g. when I’m waiting for my orthodontist to finish her appointment before mine). Thus, I do write notes about specific articles (see below for an example).

The one thing I can surmise from all the reading I did for this post is – taking notes does require you to engage with the material and absorb it in a much more profound fashion (what my friend Dr. Daniel Goldberg indicated is metacognition), and thus there is a lot of value in note-taking.

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DJ Joe Pacheco endured mental anguish and more during pandemic – still spinning strong https://pache.co/2021/06/21/dj-joe-pacheco-endured-mental-anguish-and-more-during-pandemic-still-spinning-strong/ https://pache.co/2021/06/21/dj-joe-pacheco-endured-mental-anguish-and-more-during-pandemic-still-spinning-strong/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 21:54:13 +0000 https://pache.co/2021/06/21/dj-joe-pacheco-endured-mental-anguish-and-more-during-pandemic-still-spinning-strong/
DJ Joe Pacheco – known for his tribal and progressive house sound, as well as tech, disco house, deep house, trance and techno – returns to Chicago on June 20, marking his first gig in the city since his 2017 debut at Fantasy Nightclub.

“I’m excited to be back. I had a blast in Chicago the first time and can’t wait to be back to see friends who live there … and tear up some deep-dish pizza,” said Pacheco, whose 2017 gig in Chicago was his first ever that he needed to take a plane for.

“What I remember most (about the 2017 party) is, meeting the amazing people I now call my friends who came to support me at my first Chicago event.”

Pacheco, 31, a New York native who now lives in Fort Lauderdale, said that every time he travels for work, he carries a simple motto: “Come for the party, stay for the culture.”

“Work allows me to travel to cities I once only dreamed of visiting, so I absolutely love taking the time to immerse myself in the city, not just going to a party,” he said. “I feel like there is so much experience to be gained just by exploring a city that being focused on the party alone robs you of the opportunity to learn the great things it has to offer.”

The party at Progress, though, will be packed when Pacheco brings the beats.

“I fell in love with Joe the moment I saw him in a suit and snazzy bow-tie spinning at a party in Miami. I’m known as ‘Beau with a bow tie,’ so I knew he was awesome. Then when I heard his sets, I knew I had to have him spin at Tea Time one day.”

Pacheco, a DJ since 2015, has been a resident DJ for a New York-based party, M.E.A.T, where he will be playing July 2nd for Jake Resnicow’s Free and Proud Festival. He also is a regular in Atlanta, Miami and Columbus, Ohio.

The past year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has certainly taken its toll mentally on Pacheco and other DJs.

“Finding the drive to continue being creative musically felt impossible when combatting depression. I thankfully had an incredible support system of friends who have helped throughout,” he said. “It was incredibly hard having to let go of my apartment last August because I couldn’t afford the rent anymore. I ended up moving in with my best friend and stayed there until the lease was up. Once that time came, we decided to make the jump and move to Fort Lauderdale. While at the time it was a very crushing point in my life, now as things have gotten better, I’ve taken a step back to assess everything, and it feels like everything truly happened for a reason.

“It’s very much true: ‘Things happen when they’re supposed to happen.’

And 2020 also led to some bright spots – some incredible moments, he said.

“I played in Sydney, Australia for Mardi Gras in 2020. I remember I played my friend Dom De Sousa’s track ‘To The Moon and Back’ with Luke Anthony, a cover of Savage Garden’s hit song; I remember vividly how even as my first song, the whole room lit up and joined to sing-along. I knew, at that moment, it was going to be an incredible night.”

Pacheco’s DJ style is not one with boundaries and limitations. “My priority is to create the ambiance that is on brand for the event that I’m working. I’ve never been fixated on a specific sound; I’ve always wanted my supporters to understand that I always deliver an exemplary music experience, no matter the genre,” he said. “That said, I also feel representation matters, so you will find a lot of music I play is heavily influenced by the music I grew up listening to: hip-hop, R&B, Reggaeton, Latin Pop, etc. While I love a good Dua Lipa or Britney moment, I have so many colleagues who remix that kind of music, but there are other incredible artists who are under-represented. So, I make it a point to highlight all the artists who aren’t traditionally heard at a circuit party. I will be showcasing a lot of great new music this month, highlighting amazing artists like Selena, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Bad Bunny, Kali Uchis, Lil Nas X, Ghost Town DJs and more.”

Now Spinning … DJ Joe Pacheco

“Labor Day Weekend 2015, in Miami. I was on vacation, celebrating my best friend’s birthday. The last party of the weekend was Urge at Mansion with Paulo and Jackinsky. I was fresh to the circuit scene, and that was the first time I had been to a party with that level of production. It was such a magical experience that I remember the moment I stepped out of Mansion with my best friends, I told them, ‘I don’t know how to do it, but when we get back to New York, I’m going to figure out how to put a set together and see where that takes us.’

“It’s funny, and I am incredibly grateful that a simple kiki between friends became a career.”

“London’s Wayne G has been one of my greatest influences and mentors as a DJ. His productions dominate my daytime sound; there’s just something to his sound that just brings a smile to my face because it’s just absolute feel-good music. Tea dance anthems, trance anthems, frankly any kind of anthem, Wayne is your go-to. He is also an inspiration for his generosity and ability to face adversity. He has dealt with some difficult things, but what leaves me in awe to this day is how, despite these challenges, he still navigates with a level of grace. He still will stop everything to make his friends and family feel loved and appreciated; he still cracks his jokes and creates incredible music.”

“Along with Wayne G, I’ve always admired Abel because he has such a depth of sound and understanding for music. You can hear him in any timeslot for an event, and he will always deliver. That has always been a goal of mine: to be versatile enough to play different timeslots and genres freely.”

“People really enjoy the fact that suits are part of my attire as a DJ. What most people don’t know is … before I became a DJ, I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology for accessories design, so a fashion influence has always been part of my identity. Most of the bowties I wear for work are pieces I’ve designed; it was a beautiful full-circle moment where I was able to incorporate all aspects of my life and move forward in my full truth.”

Emotions Getting Back to DJing, In Full Clubs

“It felt like I was learning how to be human again. All the time in quarantine made me realize how disconnected I was from a socializing aspect. I was also very conflicted about working because I wanted to refrain from taking on any gigs until the world had better control of the situation, but the reality is that bills never stopped, and finding a job was nearly impossible to do in this climate. The reality I was faced with was, take the gig to pay for bills and be vilified by the public for trying to just stay afloat, or turn down the gig, and that gig goes to another DJ because the show must go on. It’s been an incredibly feculent situation to be in; I’m just glad that once vaccines came out, we were able to return to a tiny level of normalcy where it no longer felt taboo to post that selfie with your best friend or that flyer for an event you were working.”

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My yearly planning process through the Everything Notebook – Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD https://pache.co/2021/06/21/my-yearly-planning-process-through-the-everything-notebook-raul-pacheco-vega-phd/ https://pache.co/2021/06/21/my-yearly-planning-process-through-the-everything-notebook-raul-pacheco-vega-phd/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 16:21:24 +0000 https://pache.co/2021/06/21/my-yearly-planning-process-through-the-everything-notebook-raul-pacheco-vega-phd/

People have asked me if I could share my yearly planning process and how it relates to the use of the Everything Notebook. I have also been asked if I use other planners and whether they’ve worked for me. I’ll answer both questions in this post. There are many planning and organizational methods out there, and there are several brands for yearly/monthly planners that many people (particularly fellow academics) have been testing out. I’ve been working with the idea of an Everything Notebook for way too long to test a new planner, particularly because I have my own method. So that’s what I will share here: how I do my yearly planning, using an Everything Notebook.

@raulpacheco I’m impressed by your year long planning, do you have a blog post discussing your strategy for planning?

— Kandace Creel Falcón (@kjcfalcon) December 27, 2016

The first thing I do is print out a year-long calendar, and a set of 12 monthly calendars. Since I do everything analog and old-school, I need to have the physical printouts and coloured pens so that I can cross-post to my Everything Notebook. I then use all the conferences and workshops I have planned to attend or at least I’m interested in doing as a heuristic to know when I’m going to do something. Teaching (which I normally do in the fall semesters, 2 courses at a time) helps me with anchoring the fall semester, and I use the time slots for my classes as organizing heuristics to plan the rest of the year. For many people, it will look as though I’ve only planned seven months out of the twelve when they look through the yearly calendar. This is precisely because I use conferences and workshops as the anchoring point for what I am doing in a particular year. If I know that I have a certain number of seminars, workshops, talks and conferences to attend and present at, I can use the certainty of those dates to put firm dates on specific deadlines.

I plan my year by plotting the conferences I am supposed to participate in (or are interested in) on a calendar pic.twitter.com/FAmyHkKJAv

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 27, 2016

So, for example, the last conference I am committed to participating in is the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC 2017) in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in late July of 2017. I know for a fact that the American Political Science Association (APSA) will take place in August, but since I don’t know if I am accepted or not, I left a blank space in my calendar just in case it will need to be added.

Once all my conferences are plotted in a yearly calendar, I add my paper-writing commitments. pic.twitter.com/oxNEy16WSk

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 28, 2016

As you can see, I have 6 papers committed for the conferences I have planned, but I have more way conferences than papers (either committed to, or at least, interested in presenting at). This is because I actually don’t know what I will be submitting for an abstract for each conference at the moment. Given that I have funding for conferences for this year, I’ll most likely submit an abstract on a public policy issue for ICPP and one for water conflict for IASC 2017.

The others are relatively easy to think through given that I might be doing similar papers as in previous conferences, or I may do extensions of a specific one. For example, for CPSA and CALACS, I might most likely do something on bottled water. And for PMRC I might do something on teaching public administration. The one I can’t miss at all is the one I am coauthoring with Dr. Amanda Murdie and presenting with her at the International Studies Association ISA 2017 in Baltimore.

Printed out a full-year calendar w/ holidays for Mexico, shrunk it, put it on first page of my Everything Notebook. pic.twitter.com/FErt18QmiC

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 27, 2016

To be able to plan the entire year, I printed out a yearly calendar for 2017 using TimeAndDate.com’s templates and then asked to show Mexican holidays. If you’re in Canada, obviously, you may want to show the Canadian holidays.

@raulpacheco how do you plan your papers ahead of time? How do you know what you’ll write a whole year ahead?

— Matthew Martin (@mmartin_edu) December 28, 2016

I’m writing a post exactly on this very topic! TL;DR – I use my grant-funded projects to map out potential outputs (e.g. papers) https://t.co/jY9CCxNcvd

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 28, 2016

Once I’ve used the conference scheduling as backbone for the entire year, I start planning my writing output for the following year. I have four categories:

  1. Revise and resubmit in 2017. These are the papers that I need to revise during the year and resend. Probably rejected pieces, or R&Rs where I submitted them in 2016 but will need to resubmit in 2017, once the changes are made.
  2. Submitted and under review, for potential R&R in 2017. These are the manuscripts that are under review but that I am waiting to hear from. I won’t work on them until I hear back
  3. To be submitted. These are manuscripts that are THIS CLOSE to be finished, but that I have not submitted yet because I haven’t been able to finish the tiny little changes that make them a final submission (like, reformatting for a specific journal, etc.) These manuscripts are the reason I created the hashtag #GetYourManuscriptOut. Dormant papers that all they need is a swift kick and off they go!
  4. To be written and/or completed. These are papers I’ve been thinking about writing or commitments I have with specific granting agencies (for example, for my National Problems CONACYT Collaborative Grant, I committed to write 3 papers on each case study where I conducted ethnographic research. So, I plan to write at least one of them in 2017. Also, drafts of papers I already started writing that need to be finished. For example, I’m writing right now on the social construction of water scarcity in Mexico. That paper has been in draft for a while (also, the reason #GetYourManuscriptOut exists), so I plan to finish that paper this year.

Now that my commitments are planned for the year, I start filling monthly plans (by hand, on paper) pic.twitter.com/lOPRDENaIx

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 28, 2016

I am super analog with this process, so I print out monthly calendars and insert my daily commitments (you can pre-fill your Google Calendar with your commitments and THEN print them out, or do the reverse). I usually just schedule the major commitments there, as I know that (as Dr. Adam Wellstead has said, sometimes my weeks change, so I need to maintain a big-picture kind of approach here).

@mmartin_edu @raulpacheco That kind of approach doesn’t work for everyone. I have a vague idea of my year long plans but go week by week.

— Adam Wellstead (@amwellstead) December 28, 2016

I fill out my commitments for all conferences in each monthly calendar, including when I am supposed to fly in and fly out. One important thing in the planning process for me is that I include my commitments ONLINE and OFFLINE, both simultaneously. That is, I schedule a month at a time, both on my Google Calendar and on my printed calendar. They need to be synchronized for my systems to work. I can’t just plot all my conferences and then forget about them. So instead of plotting everything on my printed monthly calendars and then copying all the events on Google Calendar, I insert all events on GCal until I finish doing the scheduling for the entire year. One month on paper, one month digitally.

I go month by month scheduling my commitments for conferences, workshops (AND personal stuff). I dump all my plans for papers into my Publications Planner. Then I back-track and reverse plan until I know when I need to collect data, when I need to do fieldwork, when I need to clean up a dataset, by when do I need to do all the writing, for EACH PROJECT I do. There’s a very broad range of reverse planning processes, methods and templates. I enjoy several of the following:

    I need to make sure that the synchronization of my monthly activity plan with my Google Calendar is complete, otherwise I can double-book myself (which has happened before).

    I cross-post my commitments on paper to Google Calendar. I do this on a month by month basis. pic.twitter.com/IINUlB0ouj

    — Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 28, 2016

    Now, a lot of people ask me how do I plan by week and by day. I haven’t written a “How I do my Weekly Planning” post, but my original Everything Notebook post describes how I move from monthly planning to To-Do Lists per week. I also have an instructional video (forthcoming) on how I do the assemblage of the Everything Notebook.

    So far, I’ve scheduled my tasks per month (commitments in terms of conference papers, meetings, etc.) From each monthly planner, I prepare weekly To-Do Lists. For example, for the first week of January I have 5 meetings (two with students, and three with my research assistants, my project participants, and my project manager). I can transfer those tasks on to my Weekly To-Do list, and insert a tab marking that specific week in my Everything Notebook, as shown below.

    Drawing from monthly work plans, I prepare weekly To-Do lists. This is Week 1 (January 2017) pic.twitter.com/R28YrHj3Ao

    — Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 29, 2016

    If you collaborate within a laboratory, or with other colleagues, Amy Wooldridge’s suggestion is brilliant.

    @raulpacheco I use this together with a table: conference name/abstracts due/rego due/meeting date, and I send this to lab group members

    — Amy Wooldridge (@EvilOverlordAmy) December 29, 2016

    As I’ve said before, my methods are there to be adapted and if they help you with your own productivity, I’ll be a happy camper, since they help ME with my own workflow!

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Turkey might be the traditional centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table, but side dishes are just as important. In this roundup, we’ve included some of our all-time favorite recipes for vegetable sides, from easy brussels sprouts to creamed kale and brown butter mashed potatoes. With over 30 dishes to choose from, you’ll definitely find a few that all your guests will love. Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

Caramelized Vegetables with Dijon Butter

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Roasted Beets with Beet Green Salsa Verde

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Tyler Florence uses beets and their greens to make this fresh and vibrant side dish for Thanksgiving. If you can’t find beets with beautiful greens, Swiss chard or curly spinach leaves can be used instead.

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Cumin-and-Chile-Braised Collard Green Stems

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This dish is a genius way to use up the stems of any hardy green. We used collard stems, but you could also use kale, chard or mustard stems.

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Wilted Swiss Chard With Warm Piccata Vinaigrette

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Grilled Butternut Squash with Shallot Vinaigrette

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Creamed Kale


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This rich and delicious creamed kale from star chef Tyler Florence is an excellent swap for more traditional creamed spinach.

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Maple-Ginger-Roasted Vegetables with Pecans

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When roasting winter vegetables, Melissa Rubel Jacobson says be sure to chop them about the same size, so they cook at the same rate. And toss them at least once while they’re in the oven, so they brown evenly.

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Baked Acorn Squash with Chestnuts, Apples and Leeks

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Halved acorn squash make perfect single-serving bowls. These make a great vegetarian main course for any winter holiday, but they’re also a festive accompaniment to turkey, ham or roast goose.

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Honey-Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

Thanksgiving Make-Ahead Tip: The herbed goat cheese and the vinaigrette can be refrigerated overnight. The vegetables can be roasted earlier in the day and kept at room temperature.

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Roasted Beets and Celery Root with Goat Butter

Turnip Casserole with Porcini Crumb Topping

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Green Beans with Cremini Mushroom Sauce

Tricolor Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Broccoli and Cheddar Casserole with Leeks

Spice Roasted Butternut Squash

Cauliflower with Melted Onions and Mustard Seeds

Broccoli with Orange-Chile Oil

Creamless Creamed Corn with Mushrooms and Lemon

Whole Roasted Carrots with Garlic

Creamy Swiss Chard with Crisp Bread Crumbs

Haricots Verts and Chestnuts with Date Vinaigrette

Acorn Squash with Coconut Custard


Roasted Vegetables with Smashed-Walnut Vinaigrette

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Roasted Kabocha with Maple Syrup and Ginger

Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Yogurt

Roasted Butternut Squash with Curry Leaves

Crushed Potatoes with Spiced Olive Oil

Garlicky Haricots Verts with Hazelnuts

Ginger- and Molasses-Glazed Root Vegetables

Roasted Beets and Charred Green Beans

Chicory Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Rutabaga, Celery Root, and Potato Gratin

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Developing a structured daily routine for writing and research – Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD https://pache.co/2021/06/21/developing-a-structured-daily-routine-for-writing-and-research-raul-pacheco-vega-phd/ https://pache.co/2021/06/21/developing-a-structured-daily-routine-for-writing-and-research-raul-pacheco-vega-phd/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 06:21:19 +0000 https://pache.co/2021/06/21/developing-a-structured-daily-routine-for-writing-and-research-raul-pacheco-vega-phd/

One of the main questions that my doctoral students have asked me most frequently is “how do you structure your daily work routine, professor?“. While I am a scholar of neoinstitutional theory and I know the importance of routines, I have to confess that I don’t think about my own daily work routine often enough to share a clear outline of how I work on a daily basis. BUT I also love Dr. Eva Lantsoght’s series “How I Work“, in which she interviews schoars who describe their daily routines.

I do love structure, perhaps a little bit more than I should. I am very regimented with my daily routine (wake up, write/read/analyse data/exercise/shower/run to campus) but at times, I wonder if having very rigid daily schedules has been counterproductive. I will admit that for the most part, no. I like structure, routine and discipline and a regimented life. When I was a teenager, having this kind of “militarized” daily routine was super helpful to me: I had a lot on my plate and juggling all my tasks required smart planning and thinking very systematically about what my long term priorities were. At the time, I was doing competitive dancing, high-performance volleyball and volunteering for adult literacy campaigns, so I had to wake up at 5 am to head to the gym and train for 2 hours, then go to school, then train volleyball for 2 more hours.

Once I was done with volleyball training, I still had to do 2 hours of dance training, then focus on my homework. After finishing my assignments, I still had to do volunteering, so these commitments required me to be very, very strict about not wasting my time. I feel lucky I retained this kind of thinking and regimented discipline throughout my undergraduate and my Masters and PhD. Being disciplined and systematic about my daily routines has helped me sustain a regular research and writing practice, particularly because I get distracted rather easily.

I superimposed a regimented structure onto my PhD, because that’s basically the only way I know how to work. I am not someone who can just “fly by the seat of his pants”. I need to know what I am doing when, and I don’t foresee that this approach will change through time. But I know quite well that having unstructured time is challenging, not only for faculty but also for students. This is a common concern I see on Twitter, from doctoral students:

Working from home today- Twitter, what are your best strategies to #motivate and #focus when faced with unstructured time? #phdchat @Dissertating #cbtworks

— Marina Galante (@MarinaGalante14) August 29, 2018

A little intimidated by having years of largely unstructured time ahead of me. Any advice on managing time and scheduling work? #phdchat

— Catherine Nygren (@broomgrass) April 29, 2014

I am particularly reminded of this very important tweet by Stephanie McKellog on the challenges that unstructured time can present (particularly in the summer time, for doctoral students, but also for faculty and post-doctoral researchers, etc.):

the summer time is often especially hard for academics. what we do is so isolating by nature; the summer takes away structure & interaction

— stephanie (@mckellogs) June 5, 2017

Unstructured time in the summer is really difficult – I totally hear you. I have to more or less create some structure for myself, some habits I’ll keep (like, coffee at place A every morning, library every afternoon) otherwise the time overwhelms.

— Cate Denial (@cjdenial) May 20, 2018

So when my doctoral student asked me what my daily routine looked like, I figured I had to write a blog post to share my thinking on this issue. I plan for the year, then break down my commitments per month (using printed monthly calendars, and by hand), I insert my standing commitments in my Google Calendar, and on my Bi-Weekly Project Whiteboard, and then I write my Weekly Plan and daily To-Do List’s (5 items, 4 items, 3 items through Granular Planning and the Rule of Three, or 2 – through the #2ThingsADay strategy – items, depending on what I can actually accomplish that day). The core of my planning system, obviously, is my Everything Notebook.

My planning process is hierarchical. I base my yearly plan on conference commitments and work down to daily To-Do’s pic.twitter.com/uN8DZfZnyZ

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 17, 2018

My daily writing and research routine when I’m on campus looks more or less like this:

This is not an exact “How I Work” post/thread like the ones on ⁦@evalantsoght⁩ ‘s blog, but basically this is how I approach daily work routine. I get to campus and arrive to a clear desk and working table. I unpack my laptop and take out writing utensils for the day. pic.twitter.com/xiUqOwkj16

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 15, 2018

At a glance, i check my Google Calendar, Bi-Weekly Project Whiteboard and Everything Notebook to check what I have to do for the day. If it were up to me I would spend my days writing and reading but being a professor requires other duties (preparing class, lecturing, meetings) pic.twitter.com/q1HfUPysX5

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 15, 2018

I do listen to music while I work: classical music (Mozart & Chopin usually) while I write, jazz while I read. pic.twitter.com/SFXKU8mOCl

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 15, 2018

And this is basically me writing full force pic.twitter.com/dFIbvp4X0x

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 15, 2018

One of my most powerful weapons for #AcWri is my wooden lectern. I use it to hold papers. Particularly valuable for when I’m editing a paper (which is what I’m doing right now) pic.twitter.com/og8FI90S2t

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 16, 2018

At the end of every day, I try to leave my desk cleared and my work papers organized so that when I come back the next day, my working spaces and areas are perfectly organized. That way I can work without worrying about organizing my desk or where a specific paper went. I don’t waste time in the mornings organizing stuff because I put order into my things the previous day/evening/night.

After a long day, I decided to leave some papers behind (piles by topic I am addressing in the paper I am finishing up). My desk, however, as usual remains clear. Tomorrow, I will pick up where I left off. pic.twitter.com/qjazDoRBdF

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) November 16, 2018

I know many people loathe the idea of as much structure as I give my life, but I have found that if I don’t do this, I am lost. Hopefully my process will help my students and anybody else who reads this blog post!

One thing that I think is important to add is that if you have care duties (children, parents, etc.) I believe that you should schedule everything around those commitments, not all the other way around. For example, one of my doctoral students has to pick up her kid at 2pm. I told her to work from home in the morning, pick her child up, have lunch with him and THEN come to campus. This routine works better for her. As someone who is childless and single, I am keenly aware of how parenting and more generally, care work can become a hurdle for doctoral students and academics/post-doctoral researchers. So, I try to make my planning processes as family-care-friendly as possible. I champion a more human, kind and humane academia and therefore my strategies, mentoring approaches and routines reflect this belief.

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