A balanced scientist: academia, motivation, work life balance and managing stress as an early career scientist

As an early career researcher I think now is the time to develop better practices for dealing with motivation, work live balance and stress. I am generally pretty good at finding motivation, but I am often stressed and I sometimes fail horribly at finding a work life balance. See my blog about being a PhD student if you want to see what it feels like when you fail to be both a student and a person at the same time.

So I plan to write a few blogs over time about how why I chose to be an academic, finding motivation, aiming to have a better work life balance and managing stress.

Work life balance

A quality I value in other people is frankness. Frankness is also the lens I see myself (or at least I try to). Today it was through this lens that I realised, while out running, that I am a hypocrite when it comes to work life balance. Continue reading my blog: Is work life balance in academia the problem or am I the problem?

Mixed messages to ECR from Senior Academics

Did you read: Getting noticed is half the battle? I did and it made me mad. Read my take on it here: Mixed messages to ECR from Senior Academics

Other blogs

There are a number of excellent blogs on these topics and more. A few of my personal favourites are listed below.

Dealing with stress and pressure of getting a perminand academic position: The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life by Radhika Nagpal.

The imposter syndrome: 2014, year of the impostor by Dr Sarah Perkins.

Work guilt during time off: Holiday guilt (and work-life balance) by Dr Climate (aka Damien Irving).