Wrangling your workload
13 April 2021 10:00 until 12:00
Speaker: Sarah Robins-Hobden
Part of the series: A RDP workshop for PhD researchers
PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is a two-parter and participants are required to attend BOTH sessions, which are scheduled as follows:
SESSION 1: Tuesday 13th April (10am - 12pm)
SESSION 2: Thursday 15th April (10am - 12pm)
Competing priorities, tight timeframes, and a sense of overwhelm… that was the norm for researchers before the pandemic. Right now you may be trying to achieve the same as before but with fewer resources and greater responsibilities vying more pressingly for your energy and attention.
This two-part digital programme will help you to scope exactly how your landscape (and some of the rules) have changed. You’ll review the extent and limits of your new working environment, review your priorities and what that means for your workload now.Then you’ll be in a better place to define how you choose to work within those changes.
Part 1: Surveying your landscape and triaging your priorities (13th April)
You can do anything; but you cannot do everything. Use these tools to map your new landscape and identify how your usual patterns are useful or less useful in your new circumstances. Make better decisions to further what is really important to you right now. Reduce overwhelm by deciding what not to do; and take greater control of things you choose to do. There will be a short pre-course task and accompanying workbook.
Part 2: Designing your new working patterns and systems (15th April)
Manage your attention, not your time. With greater clarity on your landscape and present priorities, experiment with some tools that help you optimise small pockets of time; cultivate your capacity for focus; and allocate work and domestic life to your individual rhythms. There will be a short pre-course task and accompanying workbook.
Learning objectives: Engaging with this programme will enable you to:
- Define your primary priorities and the landscape in which you’re working
- Articulate your objectives for the next few weeks and triage your projects and responsibilities realistically
- Take more deliberate control of your attention, energy, and workload
Technical details: This workshop is highly interactive, and participants are expected to take part in activities, discussions, and small group breakout rooms.
This is an interactive workshop: participants are expected to be present in every sense, which means email off, cameras on, and ready to take part in activities, discussions, and small group breakout rooms. This programme is not suitable for those looking for a passive learning experience.
Sign up here and the link to join will be emailed to your Sussex or BSMS email address the day before the session.