Saturday, September 28, 2013

Monday Motivator

Here's the "Monday Motivator" that Friederike sent from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. 

The Weekly Challenge

This week, I challenge each of you to:
  • Create a list of your writing goals (and the tasks necessary to complete them) for the Spring semester.
  • If you are resistant to this task, gently ask yourself "why?"
  • Map the writing projects you need to accomplish onto each week of the semester.
  • Go through your calendar and block out 30-60 minutes at the beginning of each week day for "writing time."
  • If you don’t have a calendar, stop reading this and go get one.
  • Write every day this week for 30-60 minutes (just try it!)
  • If you're not clear how to create your semester plan, join us this Tuesday for a live Every Semester Needs A Plan tele-workshop where I'll walk you through each step.
  • If you want to see examples, templates, and other people's plans, login to the discussion forum and go the Post Your Semester Plan thread.
  • Or better yet, POST YOUR SEMESTER PLAN in the forum. Trust me on this one, I'm going to be showing you a sweet strategy that will enable you to align your time each week with your priorities during February's training workshop, but it will only work if you have a semester plan that you can quickly and easily access each week.
I hope this week brings each of you the clarity to define your writing goals, the persistence to write every day, and the joy that is found in true community!
Peace & Productivity,
Kerry Ann

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD
President and CEO
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity


  1. Okay, here are my goals for the Fall semester:

    1) write my presentation (10 pages) for the talk I'm giving Oct. 30. Expanded versions of all the presentations at that event will be published but I don't know what the deadline is for that yet.

    2) Finish the introduction and first chapter to my book. They are both half-done.

    I think those are reasonable goals. If I get those done, I'll add another to my list.

    I will also try to write for 30 minutes every day.

  2. P.S. Diana, thanks for setting up this blog -- and the background is perfect.

  3. This is really great! Thanks, Diana.

    I'm going to start by procrastinating - at least until I get this conference under control. So if I actually do something to respond to these motivational plans, I'll feel somewhat virtuous.

    We're planning on getting together right after the fall break, right? That is coming up pretty soon, so my days of procrastination are seriously and irrevocably numbered!

    I'm looking forward to this year with the support of you all and this blog.

  4. Thank you for setting up our blog.
    My goals for the rest of this month are to finish a ten-page conference paper that I am presenting on November 2nd and to continue work on the second chapter of my book manuscript.