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Making Choices: Finding Your Balance

balancing having a life and getting tenure
Illustration copyright Carol Ormand, 2005. Courtesy of Carol Ormand.

If you want to find a balance between having a life and being successful in your career, you will need to figure out your priorities (at work and in the rest of your life) and then establish the habits that will allow you to balance them. Because you are a unique individual, your ideal "balance" may be different from that of your friends and colleagues.

Jump down to Case Studies: Academic Geoscientists * Paul Hoskin's Worksheet * Task (Time) Management * Balancing Your Career with Your Family Life * Mentoring Organizations * Tips from Early Career Workshop Alums * Tips from Other Academic Geoscientists



Case Studies: Academic Geoscientists

This collection of essays by, and interviews of, geoscientists in academia illustrates several different approaches to the process of finding (or regaining) balance in one's life.

Paul Hoskin's Worksheet

In 2007, Paul Hoskin co-led a session on "balancing your life" for the workshop on Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences. In preparation for the workshop, he wrote this worksheet to help participants clarify their priorities.


Task (Time) Management

Finding a balance between your career and your home life, or within either of those broad categories, is largely a matter of managing your time and prioritizing the tasks you "need" to do. Many books and articles have been written on time/task management; here are a few of our favorites.

Balancing Your Career with Your Family Life

Finding enough time for both work and family can be one of the most challenging aspects of balancing your life. Learn about university policies, read what others have done, and find strategies that will work for you.

Mentoring Organizations

Tips from Early Career Workshop Alums

Tips from Other Academic Geoscientists


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