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This talk describes the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.

course details

So you’re a researcher. Chances are then, you are pretty busy. Firstly, there is your research. Proposals. Ethics. Paperwork. Meetings. Applying for grants. Getting grants, then managing the money and the people. Writing reports. And that is all before you even get to the actual research. Then there are papers to write, rejection letters to deal with and conferences to attend.And 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 is just work.

No matter how much you enjoy your research it is 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 of this in. 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 an effective researcher?

This workshop describes the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.

•             how to be effective with your time

•             specific strategies for coping with email overload

•             picking the right things to work on

•             dealing with distractions and interruptions

•             how to say NO gracefully

•             setting boundaries

•             looking after me

A video of this talk is available here.

Intended for

All graduate students and research staff

Number of places


Course leader

Hugh Kearns (Flinders University, Australia)

Date / time

This talk has already taken place. See Course Details above for a link to a video of the talk.

RDF skills

B1, B2

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the the following for more details:

The Researcher Development Framework page.

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


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