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