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Thursday, August 23, 2007

New Year's Resolutions

Now that it's Fall in New York, I've been thinking about my (academic, or I guess, Jewish) New Year's resolutions.  One of the comforting elements of this job, I think, is its cyclical nature.  That cyclical nature provides a natural time, at the beginning of each semester and, perhaps especially, at the beginning of an academic year, to reflect on the year before.

I've already shared with you one of my resolutions for this year, inspired by Bill Araiza's post on the ABA annual meeting. I'm feeling pretty honest this evening, as I look forward to the weekend before I begin my second year of teaching, so I'll let you in on a few more:

(1) Don't respond to students' emails with long, comprehensive, publishable, treatise-worthy responses (this resolution was inspired by William Birdthistle, here; also, some consider this practice a revolution);

(2) Dedicate time to writing every single day, no exceptions, even if all I write on a particular day is boring, background material;

(3) Spend at least a few hours every day unconnected to the internet;

(4) Write parts of final exams as the semester progresses, instead of saving this process for the end of the semester;

(5) Ditto for the review sessions;

(6) Email at least one person per month, randomly (as in, someone I've never met), with comments to a piece they posted recently on SSRN; and

(7) Perhaps most importantly, remember that I am not a fraud, I do have something worthwhile to contribute, and I deserve to be where I am.

That's all I've got. Anyone else feeling honest?  Of course, I understand the inclination to post anonymously on this topic, so feel free.  As I discussed with a colleague earlier today, it might be fun to look back a year from now and see how successfully we've stuck to our resolutions. C'mon . . .

Posted by Liz Glazer on August 23, 2007 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

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