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Time management for productive work and a happy life

Practical information

  • Audience: Postdocs and research staff at Queen's
  • Date and time: 25 January 2024, 9.30 am - 1.30 pm
  • Length: 4 h
  • Place: R&E Seminar Room, First Floor, 63 University Road
  • Organised by: PDC
  • Maximum numbers: Numbers are restricted to 20 on this workshop however, in the event of over subscription, we will be keeping a waiting list and should a place become available, it will be offered to the next person on the list.


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 sometimes even where you work. Used well, this flexibility can enable you to maximise your efficiency, thus contributing to a positive work-life balance.

This course will provide information, tools, practices and general clarity on how to manage your time and work effectively to help you deliver on your research and other duties without compromising your 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 expectations for postdocs, prioritising, multi-tasking, weekly planning, minimising distractions, links between working cultures, behaviours and work-life balance etc.

This session was developed based on a suggestion from postdoc representatives.

For more information on work-life balance for postdocs, visit the work-life balance page.

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
  • 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


Register for the Time Management Workshop


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", even if she doesn't always feel like it!

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): 5

Recommended by: 100%

Number of feedback provided: 4

Quote: "I think this was a fantastic course and it was really good that it was specifically tailored for postdocs and the (many) types of roles and responsibilities we have. I liked the section with the tools for managing time and the real life examples. I also liked the self reflection parts as they made me reflect on what I actually do and how this can impact not only myself and my work but other people around me." (Participant, 2023)