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Manage yourself: achieving work-life balance through personal effectiveness

Practical information

  • Audience: Postdocs and research staff at Queen's
  • Date and time: TBC
  • Length: 4 h
  • Place: TBC
  • Organised by: PDC


At work, one of the main contributors to wellbeing is a healthy work-life balance. Being a postdoc in academia can be very flexible in terms of when you work, how you organise your own work and often even where you work. Used well, this flexibility can enable you to maximise your work-life balance and wellbeing.

This course will provide information, tools, practices and general clarity on how to work effectively to help you deliver on your research and other duties without compromising your work-life balance and wellbeing.

In addition to providing you directly with some knowledge, we will enrich the session by encouraging self-reflection and share good practice and tips between participants.

We will notably cover topics like working week length for postdocs, prioritising, multi-tasking, weekly planning, minimising distractions, impact of your behaviour on research culture and others researchers, etc.

This session was developped based on a suggestion from the postdoc and academic representatives of the MHLS PDC committee.

Programme Objectives

The main objectives of the workshop are to:
  • Provide you with information, tips and tools to enhance how you organise your work
  • Help you prioritise and focus
  • Clarify expectations and good practice for postdocs relevant to working patterns
  • Help you self-reflect to adapt your working patterns to your personality and circumstances 
  • Reflect on how behaviours and practices related to time management influence others and the wider working culture

Dr Alice Dubois

Alice is a former biomedical postdoc now the Manager of the Postdoctoral Development Centre. She established the PDC as a Faculty pilot in 2018 in the MHLS Faculty and has been running it since, providing personal support to postdocs, organising courses and events as well as influencing policy relevant to postdocs. Alice loves nothing more than ticking tasks off her list and is often described by those who work with her as "very organised", and sometimes "planning-freak"!

Alice is particularly keen on improving research culture at Queen's, especially for postdocs, by redefining norms and behaviours, promoting proactive and compassionate attitudes and empowering people to take their career, wellbeing and future into their own hands.


Rating (out of 5): 4.5

Recommended by: 100%

Number of feedback provided: 2

Quote: "Fantastic course which has made me think about how I plan, and how I use my time at work. I have already started implementing the tools discussed!" (Participant, 2021)