This is How We Do It

Many academics have flexibility in when, where, and how they get work done. In this episode we talk about the work habits we’ve developed to be productive, and the ones we’ve tried on that didn’t fit. What are the differences between working in an office, at home, at a cafe, or elsewhere? How do you create routines and protect your time to get things done? Is it better to work with other people or alone? How do you recognize when the advice that works for everybody else doesn’t work for you? Plus: With some help from sociologist Jill Harrison, we answer a letter from a first-generation college student who’s now in a Ph.D. program and having a hard time talking to family about what that’s about.


The Black Goat is hosted by Sanjay Srivastava, Alexa Tullett, and Simine Vazire. Find us on the web at, on Twitter at @blackgoatpod, on Facebook at, and on instagram at @blackgoatpod. You can email us at You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher.

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This is episode 60. It was recorded on May 31, 2019.