Focus on work life balance and well-being
There are so many demands on your time, so much to do. So, is it possible to have some sort of balance or is this just the way it is if you want to be effective?
For most people research is just one of the things they do. You might teach or tutor, run demonstrations, manage a unit or even have another completely different job. And that’s just work. No matter how much you enjoy your research it’s likely that there are other parts to your life, too. You probably have a family or friends, you may have social commitments and, who knows, you may even have some personal interests! It can be hard to fit all this in.
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” John Lennon
The good news is that it is possible to keep a sense of balance and be effective. This ‘Focus on’ showcases what works and what doesn’t and also how to have a life outside of research. It provides useful strategies and proposes a range of suggestions that have been found useful in balancing the different demands in our lives.
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See our full listing of focus on topics for Vitae members.
- Managing yourself - advice for doctoral researchers
- Overcoming challenges common to doctoral researchers
- Managing yourself: staying the course and avoiding self-sabotage
- What is Impostor syndrome?
- Staying happy during your doctorate - quick tips
- During your doctorate: the middle phase
- The need for enthusiasm and perseverance as a researcher
- The importance of self-confidence for researchers
- The balanced researcher: Strategies for busy researchers
- Managing work-life balance as a researcher
- Maintaining a healthy work life balance - quick tips
- The importance of time management for researchers
- Vitae ERC A guide to flexible working for research staff: The researcher perspective, E2 2011
- Extract from 'Developing the next generation: guidance and good practice in the leadership development of early career researchers and academics
Podcast: The balanced researcher
Coping with stress and anxiety: Health and well-being for researchers. Google Hangout for researchers: Tuesday 14th MarchCLICK HERE TO WATCH
Coming Soon: Poll – How do you improve your work-life balance?
- University of Warwick
- Universities UK (UUK) Student and staff health and wellbeing
- CIPD Well being report 2016
Coming soon:"Who is responsible for researcher well-being? Dr Katryna Kalawsky"
Coaching and mentoring researchers articles and case studies from our network
- Resources and support for disabled researchers
- Vitae ERC A guide to flexible working for research staff: The principal investigator perspective, E1 2011
- The Viva: supporting a researcher who suffers panic attacks case study
- The Viva: supporting a researcher with aspergers case study
- The Viva: supporting a researcher with short term memory difficulties case study
- What I learned when I took on too much: I am not a PhD superhero
- Understanding adjustments: supporting staff and students who are experiencing mental health difficulties
- Teaching Talk: Helping Students Who Procrastinate (Tim Pychyl)
- Developing & managing researchers – advice for PIs & supervisors
- Managing people to achieve research aims
- Collegiality, mentoring, influence, leadership and collaboration in research