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Workshop Balance your PhD

Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 12.30 – 17.30 (including drinks)
Venue: USBO building, Bijlhouwerstraat 6, Utrecht (room 2.12)

How do you achieve a work-life balance when your work as an academic is never finished? As PhD students, we tend to be totally immersed in very specific topics. As a consequence, our job does not stop when our work day does, as our ideas develop over time. This might eat into our evenings and weekends. Although it may feel like you’re working and living in a vacuum, many of us face similar challenges. One challenge we all face is negotiating the relationship between our lives as a PhD student and our lives outside academia. This interactive workshop offers you the opportunity to achieve your personal work-life balance.

Although we work in a similar work context, our personal lives consist of various domains as we have different beliefs, values, goals, and interests that make us happy. Finding a balance starts with mapping our personal life domains. In this workshop, we will go beyond time management and discuss the latest scientific insights on mechanisms underlying work-life balance. Common academic challenges such as social expectations, working long hours, comparing yourself to others, feelings of guilt, publication pressure, distractions, and mental identification will also be discussed. By practical exercises, you will learn to identify and concentrate on the things that are truly important to you. Furthermore, you will learn that by doing less, you can enjoy and achieve more.

Sign up if you are interested in:

  • scientific insights on the underlying processes of work-life balance 
  • exercises to map your personal work-life balance 
  • tools to achieve your personal work-life balance by doing less instead of more

Anne Annink is a final year PhD student at the faculty of social sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research is on the work-life balance of self-employed workers in Europe. During her research, she found out that life as a PhD student is similar to the life of self-employed workers: having flexibility when and where to work but also being solely responsible for your work. Having experience as a self-employed yoga teacher herself, she now shares her academic and personal insights with entrepreneurs and PhD students at various universities.