How to work (and live) well
"What got you here won't get you there." Successful completion of your doctorate may well require you to stop taking some aspects of your existing ways of working for granted. Working habits tend to accrete in haphazard ways, and it's easy for them to survive far longer than the benefits they offer to us or our work. Happily, the open expanses of unstructured time that doctoral research involves are a great context in which to create and experiment with habits that work better.
In this session, you'll turn a critical eye on your own routines and be introduced to ways of optimising them. You'll reflect on the multiple roles your life involves and how these give rise to goals that matter to you. You'll explore the distinction between urgency and importance and what that means for how you spend your time. You'll join the dots between daily and weekly levels of tasks and projects, and your goals and roles for the DPhil and beyond. The session will also include a brief excursion into feelings of academic failure and how to overcome them, as well as some simple physical stretches to remind you that your brain is part of your body.
The facilitator Emily Troscianko is a coach, writer, and researcher with expertise in cognitive and health humanities, consciousness studies, eating disorders, and behaviour change. She also runs an academic writing programme for the Humanities at Oxford.