Productivity Bootcamps: Staying grounded and productive in the time of COVID-19

by Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Monday, April 27, 2020 8:15 AM

In light of the challenges ​everyone is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the next several months, The Dissertation Coach wants to offer some extra support as you work on your dissertation, thesis, publications, or other important projects.

The Dissertation Coach has heard from many ​students about the challenges you are facing such as quickly transitioning to online teaching or working from home, having children home from school or daycare, working in healthcare and other forms of public service on the front lines of this pandemic (thank you for your service), facing reduced paid working hours, and adjusting to a new reality of social distancing, quarantines, and all kinds of uncertainty in day-to-day life.

In an effort to support your productivity and ability to work in a grounded and focused way, The Dissertation Coach is continuing to offer 2-hour "Productivity Bootcamps" via Zoom. There is no charge to attend these bootcamps for UCSB students​.

Here are the details:

What: Two-Hour Productivity Bootcamps led by Alison Miller, PhD & other members of The Dissertation Coach Team

Who: Productivity Bootcamps are for current clients of The Dissertation Coach (UCSB students)

Format for All Bootcamp Sessions:
10 minute opening - Supportive opening talk & opportunity to declare goals for Session 1
45 minutes - Work Session 1
10 minute Break - Opportunity to share what was completed & declare goals for Session 2
45 minute - Work Session 2
10 minute - Acknowledgement of accomplishments & supportive closing talk

All Boot Camp sessions are held via Zoom - use this link: Please email hlawrence@ucsb if you are interested and would like the password.

When: You may attend any or all of the following sessions:

Beginning Monday April 13 through May 2: Bootcamp sessions are held Monday through Saturday. There is one session on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and there are 2 sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program has added later times on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Monday April 27
9am - 11am PST / noon - 2pm EST / 5pm - 7pm UK / 6pm - 8pm CET

Tuesday April 28
Noon - 2pm PST/ 3pm - 5pm EST/ 8pm - 10pm UK / 9 pm -11pm CET
4pm - 6pm PST / 7-9pm EST / 12am- 2am UK / 1am -3am CET

Wednesday April 29
9am - 11am PST / noon - 2pm EST / 5pm - 7pm UK / 6pm - 8pm CET

Thursday April 30
9am - 11am PST / noon - 2pm EST / 5pm - 7pm UK / 6pm - 8pm CET
4pm - 6pm PST / 7-9pm EST / 12am- 2am UK / 1am -3am CET

Friday May 1
9am - 11am PST / noon - 2pm EST / 5pm - 7pm UK / 6pm - 8pm CET

Saturday May 2
9am - 11am PST / noon - 2pm EST / 5pm - 7pm UK / 6pm - 8pm CET

The program will be adding more sessions in the future.

Etiquette: During the 10 minute sessions, feel free to be on video, unmute to share (please stay muted if you have background noise) and use chat function freely to communicate. During 45 minute work sessions, please turn off video, do not use chat function, and mute yourself.

What is next?: All you need to do is show up on any of the bootcamp sessions as scheduled. They recommend showing up with a clear focus and have your work materials ready. If you show up late, just check the chat box for our last instructions and begin working. If you need to leave early, leave at your discretion. If you need to attend to children or your own personal needs, please take a break as needed. The program encourages you to arrange to have the bootcamp time be uninterrupted with other members of your household.