A Series for those preparing to teach in Higher Ed for the first time.

Life Outside of Work

We did not receive much good advice about how to prepare to teach when we began our careers. In this podcast series we offer advice for our future colleagues who are about to begin their teaching careers in Higher Ed.

Life Outside of Work
There needs to be one!

Your New Colleagues/ Notes from Podcast #128

It is really easy to become a workaholic in Higher Ed

You can do anything for a short period of time, right?

  • Work hard in graduate school to get a job. Then,
  • Work hard my first few years to become established at my new job. Then,
  • Work hard to get tenure (about 7 years). Then,
  • Work hard to get promoted. Then….

You really need to protect the rest of your life or you won’t have one.

  • David tells a short horror-story about a professor who worked all the time.
  • Because our schedules change from semester to semester, the lines of working and not working can become blurred because we can simply fill in all of our time with work.
  • RED FLAG ATTITUDE: “You can always improve everything.”
  • There is a tendency in this profession to be a little bit compulsive. We want to improve things as we teach people.

How do we establish boundaries between family and work?

  • Daniel and his wife dedicate one day a week when there will be no work. This can be tough, but it is entirely doable.
  • David and his wife take a look at the upcoming week and schedule in sections of time when we will spend time together. Last semester, they had Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
  • Scheduling in a dinner night out once a week is highly recommended.

Stay healthy.

  • You can’t do well if you don’t feel well.
  • Just because you have that great health insurance plan doesn’t mean you have to use it!
  • Get an annual physical and when when you don’t feel well, see the doctor.
  • It is good to have a physical goal. Often times, professors spend all of their time in their heads and they forget that they have bodies.
  • Daniel and his wife set a running goal on a regular basis. They even ran a marathon! (On a very hot day in Chicago.)

Make sure that your leisure activities don’t become work activities. Example: If you a theatre prof. don’t go see theatre on your night off.

You can spend as much time as you like on your job and likely, your college or university will not pay you more money.

Of course, if you have a family and you have children, it is whole new challenge to manage your work responsibilities with your familial responsibilities. Your kids just want to see “you.” They don’t care that have just begun a new job.

You don’t want to hear:  “Your students are more important to you than me!”


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Next in this series:  Podcast #129. Time Management – The Big Picture


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Daniel & David


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