I want to know what are the few planning and management ways that one can use while being a full-time doctoral student (research, collaboration meetings, some coursework and teaching) and also holding a position as the head of a student council (mostly emails, meetings and coordination with other councils and university administration).

The work as a council head is also about collaborating with other student bodies where they have full-time employees, so keeping up with their emails and discussions is somewhat taxing, given we have to manage our entire workload as a doctoral student as well.

I do know some ways - like earmarking an hour a day to reply to such emails and a few hours a week to manage other council work, but there are some things that need attention right away. Are there effective (de-stressing and anxiety-reducing) techniques for both council work and life as a Ph.D. student that can help to get done with things and contribute to a better work-life balance?

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    What benefit are you getting from serving as head of a student council? My impression is that most people refuse to accept such positions. Why isn't the answer to resign from the council? Jul 17, 2020 at 9:43
  • We get prolongation for these work and also helps to keep a plan B in case anyone plans to quit academia after PhD. Jul 17, 2020 at 9:48
  • What's prolonged? I don't see how this council will help you quit academia. Jul 17, 2020 at 9:50
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    Prolongation of your doctoral employment is often bad because your postdoctoral employment will be better. I am very skeptical of the boost to employment opportunities. If you don't like it, resign. Jul 17, 2020 at 10:11
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    In my experience doing a PhD you often have some much free time (between experiments waiting on committee members). I would image you should have no trouble! I managed to work a full-time job during the latter half of my PhD. It was tough, but manageable.
    – Shinobii
    Jul 18, 2020 at 14:57


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