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Stop putting out fires and start leaving your legacy

Most time management workshops give you advice on what to do without showing you how to operationalize the advice as an insanely busy academic.

This workshop fills that gap with myriad examples of how to employ the twelve steps in terms of research, teaching, and service.


Work on the Most Important Tasks

  1. Write your mission statement.

  2. Write SMART goals.

  3. Differentiate the urgent from the important.

  4. Put first things first.

  5. Make a weekly rank-ordered “to do” list.

  6. Make a weekly work plan.


Work Efficiently on Tasks

  7. Wrestle your email to the ground.

  8. Work on big tasks in small increments.


Work Less Hard on Less Important Tasks

  9. Tone down your perfectionism.

10.  Procrastinate consciously.


Do Not Work on Certain Less Important Tasks

11.  Delegate: Do only that which only you can do.

12.  Just say, “No.”

About Coaching


After the Leaving Your Legacy workshop, Tara and/or Brian are excited to join participants for one-hour coaching sessions.

Immediately following the workshop, begin to apply the principles to your work flow. You'll then have a chance to share their discoveries with colleagues who are overcoming similar hurdles.

These powerful coaching sessions provide the accountability, structure, and momentum to help the plans of participants become permanent.

What Participants Say

About the workshop


Instantly life-changing.

I can now stop wishing there were 36 hours in a day.

Go. Cross out two hours from your day because long term it will save you exponentially.

I have three very specific and exciting things I will be doing to revolutionize my personal and professional life.

About coaching


Both Tara and Brian are so supportive and relatable. They are awesome and make you feel like you CAN DO IT!! Thanks for being two of my new heroes! :-) 

This coaching takes the cake for usefulness, practicality, and immediate application! 

Training without coaching is like a good dinner without a dessert! 

Workshop Co-Leader


Brian Hampton serves as a tenured professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at New Mexico State University. He teaches and mentors graduate- and undergraduate- student research projects. Brian has published 25 manuscripts and has received several college-level awards for teaching. To date, he has graduated 20 students from his lab, all of whom have gone on to careers in the geological sciences.


Domestic Workshop Fee Schedule

With Textbook & Academic Authors Co-Sponsorship

Textbook & Academic Authors (TAA) will co-sponsor a limited number of virtual workshops for faculty anywhere in the 50 United States. With TAA co-sponsorship, the fee to the hosting institution is $2,000 for two 2-hour workshops.

The fee for optional virtual coaching for groups of four participants is $75 per participant.


TAA will handle registration, providing one registration link to collect the information that will be used to deliver the workshop login details and a TAA membership.


TAA will provide publicity to promote the events and memberships together.


TAA prefers to reach as many scholars as possible so all-campus workshops with all-campus publicity are preferred.


TAA is a non-profit, 501c(3) devoted to helping textbook and academic authors thrive. For more information on TAA and the resources available through membership visit

International Workshop Fee Schedule

Without Textbook & Academic Authors Co-Sponsorship


For international workshops or domestic workshops without TAA co-sponsorship, the fee for Leave Your Legacy is US$3,000 plus the fee for optional coaching ($75/participant coached, with four participants per group and one or two workshop leaders).

Coaching Fee Schedule


The fee for virtual coaching for groups of four participants is $75 per participant.

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