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The Monday Motivator



About the Monday Motivator

The Monday Motivator is a weekly e-mail message that provides an electronic dose of positive energy, good vibes, and a weekly productivity tip. There are 48 Monday Motivators per year and they repeat annually. The purpose of the weekly message is to reinforce the ideas presented in our Core Curriculum webinars and provide support for individuals who are making the transition from graduate student to professor. Our core curriculum centers on four main concepts: strategic planning, explosive productivity, work-life balance, and healthy relationships.


Topics covered in the Monday Motivator include:

  • Every Semester Needs a Plan
  • The Art of Delegation
  • Meet Your Bodyguard
  • Writing IS Thinking
  • Tracking Your Resistance
  • The Sunday Meeting
  • What's Holding You Back
  • 5 Secrets to a Super-Productive Semester

To read a sample Monday Motivator, click here. To receive the Monday Motivator, join our community by becoming a member. If you have any questions, email


What members are saying about the Monday Motivator:


"I just want to say thank you! These Monday Motivators are super helpful and inspiring! I'm glad I became a member of NCFDD." - Professor, California State University, Los Angeles


"Thank you for the Monday Motivators! I need the encouragement each week!" - Professor, Eastern Michigan University


"Thank you for this insightful article! I liked it and will put these tips to practice this week." - Professor, University of Notre Dame


"I just want to say I LOVE these updates - they are on point and really well written and touch good nerves. Thanks!" - Post-doc, University of California, Irvine


"I'm a "seasoned" professor and I just want to let you know how much I enjoy and appreciate your Monday motivator emails. They are always spot on with great advice. The tips and suggestions are highly relevant to me, even though I've been in this business for nearly 3 decades. And they are very helpful to the new scholars I mentor. Great job! Keep doing what you're doing." - Professor, University of Kansas


"Just wanted to say thanks and how much I’ve enjoyed and benefited from the weekly MondayMotivator bulletins since I’ve enrolled with NCFDD. I know they’re somewhat targeted to a particular audience, but they have been very beneficial to me as a senior faculty member. I have strongly encouraged my fellow faculty both within and outside my Department to sign up, and I have made it a requirement for my current doctoral students to sign up. I think the information and suggestions will serve them in very good stead both while they’re completing their degrees and as they potentially assume initial faculty positions." - Professor, University of Utah

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