I’ve got news for you

Well, it’s official. So, I am delighted to share the news with you:

From July, I am taking on the role of academic lead for the Masters programme(s) in Marketing at Oxford Brookes University.

I am really excited about the role. I feel that it complements

my anti-resume very nicely because it puts me in a privileged position to bring theory and practice together. Plus, I do work with brilliant colleagues, which will make my job much, much, much easier.

It will be handful, though.

There are so many things to think about, and do, and start, and continue, and wrap up…

I have been experimenting with Trello, which is a free software for project management. Trello is supposed to be used by teams and, hence, I am not using it to its full potential. In any case, I am finding it very useful to manage pipelines (e.g., writing) and to get a better understanding of the stage at which various projects are.

But it is not the best tool to get an overall picture for my various roles.

So, yesterday, I decided to do a brain-dump and put each ‘To Do’ I could think of in an index card. From the simple tasks like ‘change date of dental appointment’ to the complex ones like ‘rethink conceptual framework for paper x’.

The bad news is that the cards took up a lot (and I mean a LOT!!!!!!!!!) of space – which was scary.

The good news is that, after a long while, I could see the end of the tunnel… that the list was not bottomless. Strangely, it helped a little bit!

How do you deal with the pressures of work and modern life? Please, please share with us the tools, methods or techniques you use to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

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