Questions tagged [work-life-balance]

Questions that each member of academia may face during his academic careers, because of personal problems, and contradictions between academic life and personal life. These may include marriage, childcare, etc.

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Do Chinese universities operate on a '996' schedule?

Do Chinese-speaking universities operate on a 996 schedule, meaning that under normal (non-pandemic) circumstances they expect their employees to be present from 9am-9pm or longer, six days a week or ...
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What are the effective working routines for taking breaks while working?

I want to know the details regarding taking (short) breaks in the context of studying or research. So, I read an article titled The Science of Taking a Break. This question is focused on the aspect of ...
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Why are small distractions impacting my day so much?

During the pandemic, at least the premier institutes of my country are operating in work from home mode. Since this lessens the physical activity of going around labs and classrooms daily I tried to ...
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Is it true that the workload of professors has increased?

In general, a professor teaches basic, intermediate and advanced courses. The content of basic and intermediate courses is generally based on textbooks. Advanced courses may require recent results. ...
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What are certain work ethics and habits I should start developing right from my undergraduate to be an effective researcher?

I am a physics undergrad in India, about to graduate in a month or two. Now, I love my work and the research method, and love to read about things from many different perspectives to give myself a ...
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How do researchers cope with boredom? [closed]

Pre-pandemic, I used to do research in a lab environment. The disadvantage with the lab environment is that I focus only on applied work due to continuous monitoring. Now, during the pandemic, I spend ...
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How to deal mentally and emotionally with a prolonged stressful period?

I am a second-year PhD student, but I think this question may interest a broader readership. I'd like to ask experienced researchers for some insights on how to navigate a prolonged stressful period. ...
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Feeling inadequate as a PhD student

I just started a STEM PhD before last christmas and whilst things are going okay, I still feel like I'm not good enough and don't deserve the opportunity. I guess it's some form of imposter syndrome ...
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Feeling pressured to work

I'm a first year PhD student and the last month has been nothing short of a crucible of stress. I had to do 2 exams, wrote a 3k approval thesis, finalise my research objectives, plan the project and ...
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Consecutive holidays for faculty in the US

In India, the faculty have a provision of consecutive holidays for at-least 15 days to 3 months based on the college. After the completion of final exams of a semester/year, these holidays are given ...
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Feeling bad about taking time off

So I'm a first year PhD student in the UK working on an applied mathematics project. Excluding weekends I put in about 37/40 hours a week of work which leaves me pretty tired to say the least. ...
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Does rushing work in a PhD happen by nature (of the degree) or is it applied (by supervisor)? [closed]

A research paper may take several months to understand for a beginner, based on its complexity. Although a student is good with the required background in that broad domain, she has to understand ...
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Is it possible to survive as a researcher being a dispassionate person? [closed]

I heard a lot of tips for (upcoming) researchers by top professors and researchers. Almost all of them told that passion of a candidate is one of the quality that drives her research life. All of them ...
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IT, life sciences and self-hate [closed]

To give you some background: I spent 4 years getting a PhD in a second-tier university in Europe, struggling heavily with no input, mentorship or encouragement from the PI. Then I did 3 year of ...
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How do academics (faculty members, PhD students, etc.) balance their work and life? [duplicate]

How do academics (faculty members, PhD students, etc.) balance their work and life? I am a PhD student and I find myself spending at least 10-11 hours working everyday. Sometimes even 10 hours is not ...
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How likely are you to be stressed in academia? [closed]

So a little context. I'm a second year masters student in theoretical physics and last year I almost had a burnout. I mean that I had symptoms of burnout but it was not severe enough to be an actual ...
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How can faculty best telegraph work-life balance challenges under COVID to our administration?

Work-life balance is more challenging for faculty than ever under COVID-19. What are equitable, privacy sensitive ways to telegraph needs at the individual level? What are acceptable accommodations ...
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How do superwomen find time? [closed]

There are a lot of activities and responsibilities for women in both professional and personal life. I can list few of them. Academic related: Lecturing, content creation, discussion, floating ...
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Is being an event planner also part of being an academician? How do you cope?

My question is, is being event planners every semester (unrelated to deep research) considered part of being an academician? And how do you navigate or balance all of your tasks (including organizing ...
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Working as a Lecturer / Assistant Professor in UK vs Canada

I'm a research fellow based in the UK. All my academic experience (bachelors, masters, PhD, postdocs) have been in UK (English) universities. For the next stage, I'm considering the benefits of ...
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COVID-19 anxiety's impact to my output: any strategies for mitigation?

In the COVID-19 pandemic I am dealing with anxiety for the first time, and professionally floundering. I'm usually good at prioritization, but the state of the world means emergencies, and anxiety ...
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Is it important to maintain a work-life balance as a PhD student?

My apologies in advance for asking such a trivial question. My concerns may not be as urgent or serious as some of the others on here, but I have been worrying about this for some time now. My life ...
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Managing council work while working full-time as a PhD student

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 ...
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What is the expected level of commitment for postdoc positions?

Recently there have been a couple of questions generating discussion on the level of personal commitment required for PhD positions and what kind of personal sacrifices students should be willing to ...
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As a PhD student, I want to limit myself to 40 hrs/week. How to maintain this boundary?

So I am considering a PhD position as it appears one opened up and I was contacted about it by a professor. I'm not desperate to get a PhD. I think it's a nice goal and I am interested in the subject ...
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Is it typical to work 60 hours per week as a PhD student?

I was wondering whether this was just a local phenomenon or it's the generally accepted status-quo around the globe. Preface: In my part of the world (German-speaking Europe), we have a terribly ...
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Is it common to allow professional compulsory activities over personal activities?

Professional compulsory activities I am referring here falls into the following two classes: The activities that need to be done very quickly. Activities given by supervisor to participate in a ...
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Can I keep my full-time job while I pursue a PhD in Psychology, and if so, for how long?

I have read this question posed a lot for math and science doctoral degree, but my question pertains to pursuing a social sciences doctoral degree. I'm currently working as a Management Analyst in ...
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Is it recommended to invest in stocks as a typical broke graduate students? [closed]

I openly admit that I am financial illiterate and for most of my life neither know about nor cared about investing. I am currently doing research in a field that is tangentially, but not exactly ...
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How to efficiently work on multiple machine learning and data science-related projects? [closed]

I am working on multiple projects on Machine Learning and Data Science. Is there any systematic way to work/manage projects to maximize efficiency in terms of getting things done while maintaining a ...
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How can I ease in to the research arena?

I'm a first year graduate student and my age is 24. I got a degree in statistics, but it was not that interesting. I barely got into a below average grad school program in mathematics. I want to ...
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Year abroad in a country with low coursework standards: Am I sabotaging my future career?

I am an Economics student, with an interest in Statistics and Data analysis. I recently started my graduate studies, attending a M.Sc. in Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi University (Milan). ...
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Balancing empathy and deferring to the syllabus in teaching responsibilities

Questions of similar topics have been asked here for the situation of instructing a course and here and here for the situation of 'no late work' policies. Additional questions about balancing teaching ...
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What's a realistic workload per blackboard hour for teachers during the semester?

There is this excellent thread about teaching workloads across the world on Academia SE: Is 100 hours per year of teaching a heavy load for a lecturer? I would now like to continue this discussion ...
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How do you balance school and study? [closed]

I know there's many different questions that involve having a life with a healthy work-life balance but my question is different: I'm looking for a balance between my school life(high school) and ...
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Is it possible to have a healthy work-life balance as a professor?

I am an MSc student and one future direction I have been thinking about is the potential of pursuing a professorship after I do a PhD. Why do I want to be a professor? I enjoy the back and forth of ...
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How do academia and graduate advisors deal with the fact that the cost of living is dramatically higher but graduate wages is stagnant? [closed]

My supervisor got his PhD in the 1970s while having two kids and a house. He spent 25k on the house. Everyone from that era, even the 80s or 90s, said that their degree was dirt cheap and they were ...
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Not enjoying post doc work environment

I think this is more of an interpersonal/workplace question rather than an academic but still related I think. I'm in the first year of a three year post doc in the UK. I enjoy the work I do with my ...
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Prepared for 40 Hour Research Internship - Changed to 20

A bit of backstory- I'm a rising sophomore undergraduate student studying computer science who is strongly interested in urban planning as well. This spring, I put about 12 hours a week of work into ...
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Physician assistant school rescinded my acceptance [closed]

I'm in a complicated situation. I was accepted to physician assistant school and was told I'm one of the most qualified candidates. I'm also a mother of 2 children (under age 3) and living with their ...
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Work life balance and managing the effect on mood in mathematical physics research [closed]

For the last year, I have been working on my thesis in the area of mathematical physics. It's been a long project with many challenges and hurdles and progress has been slow. At the same time, I have ...
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Organization tips for a newcomer to academic learning

I missed my chance to attend university when everyone else did and I'm out of school for seven years. Now I'd like to get a degree (BA History & English) through the Open University. I've never ...
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What is work-life balance like in academia in Japan?

I am a current PhD student, still a couple years off from graduation. I'm still keeping my options open, but I've started to idly consider interesting places to do a postdoc. Fit with a mentor and ...
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International Student applying for a PhD in a university in Taiwan

I am a student doing my Masters in India, and was considering doing a PhD (in computer science, specifically ML) in a university in Taipei, Taiwan. I went to their website, but couldn't find some of ...
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How do I gain back my faith in my PhD degree?

I am 3 years into a PhD program at a top North American university in STEM. My daily routine includes working on my research and preparing for courses I am assisting. In general, I would say that ...
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Workload of PhD in US/Europe/Canada [closed]

I am a Masters student applying for PhD in computer science to various universities in the US/Europe/Canada. I wanted to know about the workload in general which we will have while pursuing it in ...
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Lose my nerve while doing research [duplicate]

I'm a starting graduate student in math. Without a doubt I'm not a genius or even that smart, and that creates a serious problem: I often lose my nerve while doing research or studying other people's ...
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Found startup or finish PhD?

I'm on last year of my Ph.D. However, I got an offer from investors for my project and investor required to full-time work in a new company. Would it be an advantage or a disadvantage to have worked ...
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Differences Between Academic Research Positions in US and Canada?

I am considering the possibility of applying for a faculty or possibly other research positions at a Canadian university. I am curious to know what are the differences in terms of work experience, ...
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What are some strategies to deal with perfectionism?

In my writing, teaching and research, I always do much more than I should. I produce excellent work, but it's always late because I seem to be incapable of scaling back my (unrealistically high) ...