What You’re Leaving on The Table When You’re Not Publishing
Do you struggle with prioritizing time to write in the midst of your busy days and career? Have you ever considered the things you’re leaving on the table when you’re not publishing? Not the traditional things we might think of missing out on, but some of the more personal things you’re leaving on the table by not prioritizing your publications.
In Episode 155 of the podcast, I talk all about what you’re leaving on the table when you’re not publishing. I’ll share 5 things you’re leaving on the table when you’re not publishing. These aren’t the things we normally think about like not getting a promotion, or losing out on a grant, but they’re things you might not have considered when it comes to the things you’re missing out on when you’re not getting your publications out.
So today, I’ve got five things that you’re leaving on the table when you’re not publishing.
1. Your Own Self Care
It might seem counterintuitive to think that finally doing the writing is actually a kind of self care, but I think that writing is a kind of self care in the way that any kind of extra attention to your body and mind and partaking in an inward-looking activity is self care.
I think part of the reason that women especially have trouble with making time to write so that they can publish is because somehow it feels selfish in the way that society tells us not to be selfish. This scenario of running ourselves into the ground for others leads to burn out, so writing really is an act of self-care in making the time for things we love and value.
2. The Full Development of Your Scholarly Ideas
In the act of writing up the results of your research, you are actively developing your ideas.
In the process of writing, and revision, and peer review feedback, you get to really articulate your ideas and clearly develop them. And in that process, you have new revelations that you probably wouldn’t have if you just sat around and talked about your ideas.
3. A Weekly Schedule Built Around Your Priorities and Your Values
If your weekly schedule is not aligned with the priority of writing, you are showing the world that your priorities are not in support of your academic mission.
It is very powerful to have a weekly schedule built around your priorities, values, and mission statement, and this is exactly what we teach you to do in our Navigate Program.
4. The Powerful Feeling of Prioritizing Yourself
When you put up boundaries around your time and organize your time in a way that prioritizes you and your scholarly work it is a very powerful feeling.
Instead of worrying about what other people are thinking about your actions, when you are prioritizing yourself and making choices that are in line with what you want and remembering what you got into your professorial career for, it feels so good and powerful.
5. Your Scholar’s Voice
Your voice is so important. One of the reasons that this company exists is to help women and non binary professors amplify their voice in all the ways. So whether it’s through peer reviewed publication, a book, or through more popular types of writing and outreach, we want to support you in getting your voice out there.
This actually might be a huge loss for other people as well since your voice is not out in the world having an influence on others.
“Publishing nourishes you because it’s about ensuring that your ideas are heard, and developed, and out in the world.”
“In the writing, and the revision, and the peer review process, you are deeply developing your scholarly ideas in a way. That doesn’t happen if you are not writing for publication. ”
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Continue the conversation:
- Our 12-week Navigate: Your Writing Roadmap® program helps tenure-track womxn and nonbinary professors with a disruptive perspective on their field to publish their backlog of papers so that their voice can have the impact they know is possible. Get on the waitlist here!
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