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The Juggling Act:
Balancing work, life and studying
Gemma Bridge
Juggling everything is hard
Juggling
ineffectively =
stress
Juggling everything is possible: Here’s how
Schedule your
time
• Prioritise tasks
• Set a daily, weekly
and monthly
schedule
• Be flexible and
prepared for
change
Urg...
Set SMART
goals
• Set short, medium
and long term goals
• Break large tasks
down
• Cross off those
smaller tasks
Reduce
distractions
• Consider your
distractions
• Find your best
work environment
• Have a tidy work
space
Consider
procrastination
• When lacking
motivation, do
tasks you like
• Make time for
procrastination
• Take regular
breaks
Take time to
do nothing
• Consciously make
the effort to do
nothing
• Schedule it into
your agenda
• Gather your
thoughts,...
Take home messages
• Schedule your time
• Tell supervisors about
commitments
• Set SMART goals
• Tick tasks off
• Reduce d...
Any questions?
g.bridge@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
@glbridge1
The juggling act: How to maintain a work life balance as a PhD student
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The juggling act: How to maintain a work life balance as a PhD student

  1. 1. The Juggling Act: Balancing work, life and studying Gemma Bridge
  2. 2. Juggling everything is hard
  3. 3. Juggling ineffectively = stress
  4. 4. Juggling everything is possible: Here’s how
  5. 5. Schedule your time • Prioritise tasks • Set a daily, weekly and monthly schedule • Be flexible and prepared for change Urgent Not urgent Important Do Write abstract for publication Plan Meeting agenda for Not important
  6. 6. Set SMART goals • Set short, medium and long term goals • Break large tasks down • Cross off those smaller tasks
  7. 7. Reduce distractions • Consider your distractions • Find your best work environment • Have a tidy work space
  8. 8. Consider procrastination • When lacking motivation, do tasks you like • Make time for procrastination • Take regular breaks
  9. 9. Take time to do nothing • Consciously make the effort to do nothing • Schedule it into your agenda • Gather your thoughts, gain perspective and relieve stress
  10. 10. Take home messages • Schedule your time • Tell supervisors about commitments • Set SMART goals • Tick tasks off • Reduce distractions • Consider what distracts you • Consider procrastination • Allow time for it • Take time to do nothing • Schedule ‘nothing’ and reap the benefits
  11. 11. Any questions? g.bridge@leedsbeckett.ac.uk @glbridge1

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