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What is Academic Clutter (& Do I Have Any?)

  • Academic clutter includes those things that constrain or otherwise impede your growth, such as physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual detritus.
  • This clutter may include paper, files, books, and other materials in your physical space.
  • It may also comprise digital items that clutter up your hard drive and online storage systems, e.g., emails, files, folders, programs, and virtual versions of documents.

However, be very clear that academic clutter is about so much more than the “stuff” you have physically or virtually lying around.

  • Academic clutter includes vestiges of conversations, beliefs, hopes, and experiences, which are tangled in with all the rest of what you may think about as “clutter.”

It’s time to shed the s**t you’re schlepping around.

Designed and Facilitated by

Meggin McIntosh, PhD

The PhD of Productivity®

Dates: Various throughout the next 12 months.

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Session 1 - Academic Decluttering for Your Calendar System

  • Now Available! - “Academic Decluttering for Your Calendar System”

    If your calendar seems much too full for a quick class, then may I suggest you sign up for the first stand-alone webcast in the academic decluttering series. We will get to the learning, the actions, and the mindsets about your calendar quickly. You will receive actionable suggestions to get you out of calendar chaos today. You may expect straightforward strategies to help you maintain peaceful, predictable productivity tomorrow, next week, and next year.

Session 2 - Let's Empty Some Buckets - Shed the S**t You're Schlepping Around

  • Now Available! - “Let’s Empty Some Buckets”

    Take an authentic look at your “stuff” in the stand-alone class, “Let’s Empty Some Buckets!” The subtitle for the class is, “Shed some of what you’re schlepping around.” To step more lightly and move more nimbly through the next year, join us real-time or via recording for “Academic Decluttering - Let’s Empty Some Buckets!” Having less “stuff” to schlep around gives you more freedom. Life is easier.

Session 3 - Hostility Hurts - What to Do When the Energy Cost Is Too Great

  • Now Available! - “Hostility Hurts - What to Do When the Energy Cost Is Too Great”

    Anger is new. Anger is directed at something immediate or relatively current. Hostility is old. Hostility is rooted in something that happened in the past – often many years ago.

    If you are currently a tenured professor (or you’ve left the academy) and you are “mad” at your major advisor or about something that happened 5, 10, or 20 years ago, that’s not anger. That’s hostility.

    If you wrote an article with someone 5 years ago and it never got submitted because your co-author fiddled around with it so long that she missed the deadline, and you’re still stewing about it, that’s not anger. That’s hostility.

    If your former spouse has a graduate degree and yours is unfinished because you stopped to work and support your spouse’s goal, and you have his framed graduation announcement on your wall and you say you’re using that as a reminder about how glad you are he’s out of your life, that, my friend, is academic clutter.

    How many examples do you need because I’ve heard hundreds of them. If you think you might have some anger that has gone past its expiration date and would be appropriately labeled as hostility, plan to join us in February.

    This unique experience will give you ways to recover energy you may not have known was missing.

Session 4 - Declutter & Destress - Getting Rid of Stuff That Is Stressing You Out – Whether You Acknowledge It Or Not

  • Now Available! - “Declutter & Destress - Getting Rid of Stuff That Is Stressing You Out – Whether You Acknowledge It Or Not “

    If you are stressed and ready to reduce your stress (NOW!), then you are going to love the ideas presented in this straightforward and practical webinar. You’ll learn a dozen specific strategies to start reducing your stress by dealing deliberately with your clutter. Expect to be inspired to take action on what you learn.

    In this Academic Decluttering class, you’ll learn:

    How stress and clutter are related;
    Guidelines for answering, “Do I really need to keep this?”
    The best time of day to declutter (and this will surprise you);
    Where to start the process;
    The “M” word you’ll stop using;
    And much more!

Session 5 - The Goldilocks Strategy - Getting Yourself to “Just Right”

  • Now Available! - The Goldilocks Strategy - Getting Yourself to ‘Just Right’”

    You know when things are out of whack. You know the feeling when there is too much (too much work, too many demands, an overabundance of responsibilities). And you know how it feels to have too little (e.g., sleep, resources, support).

    Let’s spend a session together applying the Goldilocks Strategy so you can authentically, truthfully, and courageously establish an academic life that is “just right.”

Session 6 - Declutter Your Academic Life - Setting Personal & Professional Policies

  • Now Available! - “Declutter Your Academic Life - Setting Personal & Professional Policies

    Policies are strategically crafted statements that establish boundaries for your time, energy, and attention, which are your most precious assets as an academic.  If your attention and focus feel fractured, if your energy is spread across too many projects and people not at the top of your priority list, and if you feel overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time, then let’s help you craft some policies.  You’ll be more confident in your many roles when you position yourself with strategically-crafted policies.  This class will teach you concepts that will carry you through the rest of your career.

Session 7 - Being Ruthlessly Focused & Aggressively Efficient is Much Easier with Less Academic Clutter

  • Now Available! - “Being Ruthlessly Focused & Aggressively Efficient is Much Easier with Less Academic Clutter

    You probably hear people say, “I really need to focus,” or “We need to get more efficient around here,” as well as other similar statements. But have you ever heard someone say, “I want to be able to ruthlessly focus and be aggressively efficient!”? Did you even know this was an option? It is! In this focused and efficient webinar, you will learn super specific tactics for setting yourself up to focus ruthlessly when you need to and be aggressively efficient when that’s called for.

    When it’s crunch time, it’s time to clear the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual clutter that is distracting you. You’ll gain insight and internal resources for how to do so in this concise class.

Session 8 - When Who You Once Were...Is Not Who You Are Now

  • Friday, July 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Pacific/4:00 p.m. Eastern - “When Who You Once Were…Is Not Who You Are Now

    You change from one day to the next. You know that. And, most academics make at least one significant change during their career - and likely more. Each stage of your career has “stuff” that goes with it. In this class we will talk about the physical, mental, and emotional baggage that you may still be carrying around from a previous part of your life. And know this…

    We might talk about pain in this class. Not physical pain but the pain that results from sadness or even grief about what used to be true but is no longer true.

    If you’re willing to examine what’s true, expect some healing and some relief. It will be my honor to help bring that to those who attend.

Additional classes to be announced. There will be one class each month, on different days and at different times.

Who is this program for??

  • Dedicated, intense graduate students;
  • Faculty;
  • People who began a doctoral program and didn’t finish;
  • Post-docs;
  • Those with advanced degrees who chose not to enter the academy;
  • People who left the professoriate;
  • Researchers;
  • People recovering from the tenure process (regardless of the outcome);
  • Anyone who has ever labeled him or herself as an academic.

“Meggin is a gem! She is brilliant, delivers professionally with just the right touch of personal connection to her audience.” -Lorna McCarty

“Dr. McIntosh is so engaging and easy to follow.  Her teaching style is comfortable, i.e., enjoyable to listen to and with the right balance of talk and interaction.” -Past Participant

Register for Session 1 - Declutter Your Calendar
Register for Session 2 - Let's Empty Some Buckets

Register for Session 3 - Hostility Hurts

Register for Session 4 - Declutter & Destress

Register for Session 5 - The Goldilocks Strategy

Register for Session 6 - Setting Policies

Register for Session 7 - Ruthless Focus

Register for Session 8 - Who You Once Were...Is Not Who You Are Now

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When you click one of the buttons to register, you will be taken to my secure shopping cart. Your registration will be acknowledged immediately by email.

This series will not be “decluttering lite.” Yes, we will talk about paper and other physical stuff that is clogging up your office and home. Yes, we will talk about email and digital clutter. And, we will also talk about commitments, promises, hostility, stories, roles, planners, to-do lists, and more. Your learning will be framed using these six principles: courage, authenticity, service, truthfulness, love, and effectiveness (CASTLE® Principles).

  • Some of the learning will be fun.
  • Some of the learning will be painful.
  • Some of the learning will be easy.
  • Some of the learning will be hard.
  • Some of the learning will be scary.
  • The results will be freeing, which is where we’ll focus our intention.

If this speaks to you, sign up.  I’m drawing on 7 years as a classroom teacher, partially overlapping with 8 years as a grad student, 15 years as a professor and center director, and a dozen years working with academics all over the world through workshops, consulting, and coaching. We will not be messing around.  Life is short.  You need to get to what matters most without delay.

“Meggin is very collegial, warm, friendly, and professional, yet frank and direct.” -Patrice Noel

About the Facilitator

Meggin McIntosh is known as The PhD of Productivity® and is a former teacher, university professor, and founding director of her university’s Excellence in Teaching Program, all of which were incredible stages in her career.  As the president of Emphasis on Excellence, Inc. (Reno, NV, USA) her mission is inspiring joyful work.

Meggin says, “If this is the first you’ve heard about the ‘academic decluttering’ project (which I’ve been working on for about four years), some of what you may want to know is:

  • This project is part of my legacy work.
  • There will be a dozen classes (one per month) in the series.
  • Each academic decluttering class is a stand-alone class.
  • You may choose to sign up for individual classes or for the entire series. It’s up to you.
  • All classes will be recorded so you may access them at any time.
  • Because each class is created as a stand-alone class, you may listen to them in any order.
  • In each class, you will learn ways to reduce, rebuff, and release academic clutter.
  • Throughout the series, there will be strategies for dealing with physical, mental, and emotional clutter (plus a few other kinds!)
  • The classes and materials will be fun and are based on deadly serious situations, struggles, and soulwork.”

You may sign up for one class at a time for $39 or for all 12 classes for only $239 and save 50%. Your choice.

Register for Session 1 - Declutter Your Calendar

Register for Session 4 - Declutter & Destress

Register for Session 7 - Ruthless Focus

Register for Session 2 - Let's Empty Some Buckets

Register for Session 5 - The Goldilocks Strategy

Register for Session 8 - Who You Once Were...Is Not Who You Are Now

Register for Session 3 - Hostility Hurts

Register for Session 6 - The Goldilocks Strategy

When you click one of the buttons to register, you will be taken to my secure shopping cart. Your registration will be acknowledged immediately by email.

“Meggin is great and so helpful. Her classes help me refocus.  She gives useful, simple solutions.” -Zehdra Ahmed

“Meggin’s presentations are motivating and energizing.  You feel ready to put the information into action when you leave.” -Elizabeth Hassen

“Inspiring, organized, interesting, and just plain fabulous!” -Past Participant

“Engaging, encouraging, real.  Informed about the pressures we experience.” -Past Participant

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