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Work-Life Balance for PhDs Dr. Claire Gordon and Dr. Sarabajaya Kumar

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1 Work-Life Balance for PhDs Dr. Claire Gordon and Dr. Sarabajaya Kumar

2 Objectives Give you time to reflect/take stock on your work-life balance Identify and reflect on your priorities both within your PhD and in other areas of your life. Enable you to move forward by setting clear goals (short, medium and long term).

3 What is work/life balance? What does work-life balance mean to you? What have you learned about yourself since you started your PhD in terms of work life balance? What concerns/challenges do you have about being a PhD student in terms of work-life balance?

4 Wheel of Life

5 Steven Coveys Management Matrix

6 Time management matrix

7 10 Commandments for Goal Setting A goal must have a target date be written be your goal enthuse you create positive change be possible/achievable be reviewed regularly be specific be measurable have accountability

8 Goal Setting exercise Focus on two areas within the wheel of life that need most work …

9 Some Final Thoughts There are many ways to be an academic Recognise the ebb and flow of the academic cycle Taking breaks is important – daily, weekly, termly, yearly. Knowing yourself – what is your most productive time? Set and defend your boundaries – acknowledge when they need to change, but learn to say No.


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