Tips from the NCFDD Monday Motivator

By Nicole Poletto, Professional Development Peer
Thursday, July 06, 2017 1:35 PM

Having a hard time staying motivated through the summer? UCSB students have free access to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of over 71,000 graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members. NCFDD membership provides a series of mentoring services, including workshops focused on research and writing strategies, networking opportunities, and other forms of professional support and development. 

Once you ​register, you are automatically subscribed to the Monday Motivator -- your weekly dose of ​positive energy ​and actionable steps to increase your productivity and motivation. 

Here are some tips and challenges from the last few Monday Motivators:

  • Write for at least 30 minutes each day (Monday through Friday).
  • Block your writing time out of your calendar.
  • If you don't have a calendar, buy a simple and cheap one ASAP!
  • If you experience resistance, acknowledge and name it.
  • If you're still struggling, reduce your time to the smallest amount you can actually stand, set a timer, and get started.
  • Remember what you LOVE about your work.
  • If you don't love anything about your manuscript, gently and lovingly ask yourself: Why am I doing this?

If you haven't become a member of NCFDD yet, follow these easy steps to register.

Interested in more in-depth courses and training? Register for these upcoming workshops through your account: 

  • 14-Day Writing Challenge: Experiment with daily writing in a supportive community, July 10-23.
  • Core Curriculum Webinar: The Art of Saying "No, " Thursday, July 13, 11-12:30 p.m. PST.