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Why academics never have enough time … and what to do about it

By: Bailey Sousa and Dr. Alex Clark

The time-work conundrum means you’ll never feel in control of your work or time but that’s okay—it’s what you do that matters most.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that academics never have enough time. Whether there’s pressing research to be done, necessary teaching and marking to fit in, or more emails and more meetings—academic work pressures are constant.

The resultant perceived time scarcity leads to much malaise—from acute work claustrophobia to chronic burnout and family breakup. It contributes to vast swathes of friction between colleagues, low resilience and poor mental wellbeing.

Read more in University Affairs.

Bailey Sousa is on secondment to the ministry of advanced education for the government of Alberta, from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Alex Clark is dean of the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University.

They are both founders of The Effective, Successful, Happy Academic, and the authors of How to Be a Happy Academic.

Published:
  • November 18, 2021
Guest Blog from:
Bailey Sousa and Dr. Alex Clark