Since the new school year is almost upon us, I thought that it might be sensible to put up a post welcoming comments on how to establish a writing regimen while teaching. During the summer, people often get this false sense that they will be able to maintain the same writing regimen that they have now during the course of the school year. For some people, this is true, but for others (like myself), I find that my writing schedule is inconsistent during the school year. Obviously, this impacts the amount of writing that I can get done, and I am interested to hear about how others tackle this problem. While all comments are welcome, I am especially interested in hearing from those with families. Managing family life, teaching, writing, and juggling other obligations is challenging, and often the writing schedule is the first casualty when one tries to balance all of these things. As a result, I find myself pulling all nighters or working weird hours in order to “make up” the writing time that I missed. My goal this year is to avoid that, particularly since this is the first time that I will be teaching a full course load with new preps while juggling two kids (instead of one) and a husband (who has, thankfully, been super supportive).
So what is your writing regimen and how do you incentivize yourself to stick with it? Also, feel free to provide any writing advice beyond scheduling that may be helpful to new faculty members.