Thursday, July 2, 2009

The balancing act

Today I am giving a short talk at the AA-CC conference (to an audience of theologians and Christian academics) on Balancing research, teaching, administration, family, church, rest,...

I am thinking of making the following points:
  • Accept your creatureliness and mortality
  • Set clear and realistic goals
  • Just say NO!
  • Use tools such as google calendar to manage your time.
  • Plan the week together with your wife (if married).
  • Read books such as Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
  • Empower your staff (if you supervise others).
  • Block out times for specific tasks
  • Don't get isolated.
  • In teaching and research get a mentor.
  • Protect your mental health.

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