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Panel discussion presented by Carrie Masiello, Joff Silberg, Hadley Wickham, and Junghae Suh at the 2010 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 19-21, 2010

Carrie’s week

a screenshot of a schedule

Junghae’s day

a screenshot of a google calendar schedule

Joff’s day

a screenshot of a schedule

Hadley’s week

a screenshot of an iCal schedule

Think about how your ideal time distribution differs from how you really spend your time

Ideal (hrs) Real (hrs)
Lab Work (experiments) 15 ???
Reading&writing (grants/papers/editing) 20 ???
Teaching (preparation/lecture/grading) 10 ???
Staff Management (guidance/support/etc) 5 ???
Service activities (committees/meetings/reviewing) 2 ???
Care giving (partner/child/pets/parents) 23 ???
Self care (boot up/eating/exercise/cleaning) 5 ???
Transportation 2 ???

If your ideal and real time use are different, think about strategies to protect your time

Time for Self:

  • Make time for other interests (sports, music, reading, etc.)
    • Stay healthy (eat right, exercise)
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Make commitments

Lose the Guilt:

  • Understand limitations, be realistic, expect imperfection
  • Don’t compare yourself to others
  • Accept your work style (regular 8-5er or work binger)

    Saying “no”:

  • Never commit immediately. Ask for time to consider.
  • Is the work something important? Something you care about?
    • Something that will help you in the future?
  • Saying “No” enables you to say “Yes” in the future.
  • When “yes”, then follow through with time, energy, and conviction.

There are numerous strategies to protect your time!

  • control your vortex of activity:
    • it feels a lot different when you decide what’s important.
    • don’t let others’ emergencies determine your day.
  • be mindful of how much service you sign up for
    • easy to sign up for too much
  • actively limit your teaching preparation time. You can’t do everything perfectly
  • you have the right to say “no” to many things; don’t hesitate
  • limit your review requests, panels, and talks
    • choose strategically
  • while service matters for tenure, you must publish solid research
    • conserve enough energies for this

Additional considerations when thinking about work-life balance

Being present

Enjoy the moments, appreciate the “now”.

Creating a new life

Become a social organizer! It’s easy to gather a few people for a happy hour out on the town, a game night at your place, or a special TV event (the debates, TV show finale, etc.).

Change of pace

Find alternate places to work besides your home, office, and lab. Look for internet cafes or a park with great picnic tables, etc.

Educate others

Educate family, friends, significant others, and students about your job and your work style. Some may not entirely understand academia or the tenure process or how you in particular are working toward your goals. These people play a very important role in balancing your life so it really helps to have them fully on board!

No one is perfect!

  • At some point you will feel
    • Incompetent (as a PI and/or as a spouse/parent)
    • Disorganized
    • Overwhelmed
    • Unable to cope
  • You will wonder if this is all worth it
  • You will wonder if you are alone
    • YOU’RE NOT!!
  • Take time to regroup, talk with people you trust
    • Regain that balance
    • Focus time on what you enjoy!

Questions & Answers

a perfect square v²+2v+_
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algebra 2 Inequalities:If equation 2 = 0 it is an open set?
Kim Reply
or infinite solutions?
Kim
y=10×
Embra Reply
if |A| not equal to 0 and order of A is n prove that adj (adj A = |A|
Nancy Reply
rolling four fair dice and getting an even number an all four dice
ramon Reply
Kristine 2*2*2=8
Bridget Reply
Differences Between Laspeyres and Paasche Indices
Emedobi Reply
No. 7x -4y is simplified from 4x + (3y + 3x) -7y
Mary Reply
is it 3×y ?
Joan Reply
J, combine like terms 7x-4y
Bridget Reply
im not good at math so would this help me
Rachael Reply
how did I we'll learn this
Noor Reply
f(x)= 2|x+5| find f(-6)
Prince Reply
f(n)= 2n + 1
Samantha Reply
Need to simplify the expresin. 3/7 (x+y)-1/7 (x-1)=
Crystal Reply
. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
the Beer law works very well for dilute solutions but fails for very high concentrations. why?
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