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Balancing Competing Commitments for academics and researchers
Course Description:

Do you feel overwhelmed by your to-do list? Do you feel overloaded and exhausted at the end of each day? It is not uncommon to find academics juggling their workloads alongside a host of other responsibilities. Whether it’s publishing, teaching preparation, attending conferences, applying for jobs, or maintaining personal commitments – having multiple and competing commitments can often leave academics feeling depleted. This interactive workshop will explore the challenges of academic overload and ways to move beyond it. You will learn practical tools for balancing professional and personal commitments, while enhancing your enjoyment and sense of fulfilment in all areas.

  • The challenges and rewards of being an academic
  • The symptoms of work-life imbalance
  • How to evaluate and prioritise the tasks on your plate
  • Tips for balancing competing commitments 

  • Evaluate and prioritise your competing commitments
  • Shift unhelpful thought patterns in relation to specific tasks 
  • Reconnect to what first drew you to an academic career
  • Set boundaries that better serve you  
Intended Audience:
Research Staff and PhD students
Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only
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