Developed by Mei Ling Chua
This workshop considers the complexities of juggling time and priorities across multiple responsibilities as graduate students and instructors. This asynchronous workshop will utilize a pdf workbook to guide attendees through a series of activities that they can do at their own pace. Attendees will learn strategies for balancing their time between teaching, coursework, research, and other aspects of their lives.
- Consider a range of time management strategies and tactics
- Gain a sense of how you are currently spending time
As graduate students and instructors, it can often be challenging to figure out how to fit in multiple, sometimes conflicting responsibilities and priorities into the finite hours of a day. While this is often already challenging, trying to do all the things in the midst of the global pandemic along with current widespread protests against police brutality and systemic racism generates additional dimensions.
On top of the added mental and emotional load that can come with widespread uncertainty and heightened calls to action, there are also shifts material factors and resources, including the loss of workspace and access to materials (books, library, computer labs), to the complications of sharing space and childcare all in the same space of “working from home.”
It is important to acknowledge that planning and preparing for distance education online requires a different preparation and cadence, often require more preparation before class sessions to get various materials and platforms ready.
For instance, this workshop is presented as a PDF workbook while also having a digital space for the reflection questions. (https://padlet.com/chuameilingchua/BalancingTime). The rationale for the pdf was to be digitally accessible and allow you to work at your own pace, while also providing the option for printing and writing by hand in case you are tired of screens or prefer it. Padlet was selected to provide a space for sharing and thinking with others asynchronously.
The shifting to different forms of media, asks us to shift our attention in different ways, and that is something that we need to account for when protecting our time, attuning to how we spend our energy and structure our priorities.
Download, print (if possible), and explore this workbook below. [Click here to Download the Balancing Time PDF]
Visit this workshop’s Digital Reflection/Sharing Space:
Graduate Center Resources
- Teaching and Learning Center
– Dissertation Support Group/Master’s Thesis Support Group
– offers workshops and support on career planning
– offers one-on-one feedback on your writing
Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do
Robert Boice, Advice for New Faculty Members
Joan Bolker, Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day
Joli Jensen, Write No Matter What
Karen Kelsky, The Professor Is In
James Lang, Small Teaching
David Sternberg, How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation
Helen Sword, Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write
Sword’s article “‘Write Every Day!’: A Mantra Dismantled”
Tanya Golash-Boza: http://getalifephd.blogspot.com/
Raul Pacheco-Vega: http://www.raulpacheco.org/resources/academic-writing-acwri/
Discussion and support for finishing dissertations: http://www.phinished.org/
Bullet Journal: http://bulletjournal.com
Cal Newport, Beyond To-Do Lists: http://www.calnewport.com/blog/2020/04/17/beyond-to-do-lists/,
Cal Newport, Fixed-Schedule Productivity: https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2008/02/15/fixed-schedule-productivity-how-i-accomplish-a-large-amount-of-work-in-a-small-number-of-work-hours/
Pomodoro Technique: (definitely take an internet search to see many more articles about this) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique