This workshop will help you set academic goals and make them happen. Participants will brainstorm realistic goals and discuss how to achieve them. Forget the imposter syndrome: You can do it, and that is why you are here.

Some of us take a long time to do their PhD. It is often  about organization.
People who succeed are not necessarily the brightest, they can provide intense work in a long period of time. People who succeed are hard workers and they are organized.


1)      What is your long term goal? ex becoming a Prof of Medieval Studies in a Research University.

2)      In order to do that what is your mid-term goal ? ex to get a PhD in Medieval Studies

3)      Now collect all the information: ask questions? (peers, Prof, organizations, GTP, google it!)

  1. PhD requirements : How  to do that? (how many seminars, comps, prospectus)
  2. Gong to Conferences : How to do that? (abstract, travel grants when/how…)
  3. Pick a subject : How to do that? (research, library…)
  4. Check Universities : How to do that?
  5. Teach : How to do that?
  6. Network! With other grads, with other profs…
  7. Don’t wait your last year to do certifications etc… start from start!
  8. For each seminars which books, where can I find them, what paper can I write?
  9. Protect your work, organize your file management, use backup systems.
  10. Budget wisely (teaching, extra work, loans… cars, where to live, conferences…)
  11. Etc. For each project, start in advance, don’t wait the last minute, talk about it.

4)      Put all these in a time line : Create a schedule and a to-do-list for your academic life

  1. Set up goals at long, mid and short terms.
  2. Be realistic! Get information about how others did.
  3. If your goals are realistic : you can do it

5)      Build a schedule (it is important that you can have a full view of your project) PRIORITIZE!

A page with the entire goal time line, A page with the entire semester…

  1. Build a schedule with your long term time line (5…8 years?)
  2. Build a schedule with your intermediate time lines (semester…year)
  3. Build a schedule with your short term schedule (week, day)

6)      Learn to know yourself

  1. Being a grad is a full time job, a lots of work…
  2. What are your priorities depending on where you are in the time line (teaching? Researching? Networking?…)
  3. Don’t forget your private life
  4. Set up a filing system to organize your academic and personal life.
  5. Get involved in other activities than your research (student government, lead, etc.)
  6. Be healthy! Learn to feed yourself properly, sleep, move yourself! And SLEEP
  7. Where do you work the best? Home, office, library, coffee shop?

7)      Now set up your hourly goals

  1. Teaching, office hours.
  2. Hours of study (be realistic, don’t plan 3 hours of writing after 2 hours of OH and 2 hours of teaching)
  3. Try to separate days… depending on what works the best with you…
  4. If you are a morning person, put your research hours in the morning and your teaching prep and grading later…
  5. Stick on your goals, if you have planned to work on your dissertation from 8 to 12… you are not available, period!… no exceptions, just say that you have a meeting… Work daily (better to do 3 hours 5 times a week than 15 hours a day) DELETE DISTRACTIONS!
  6. If you have problem focusing, use Pomorado system, etc… organize your study space and life
  7. Don’t forget : your dissertation is not the work of life!

What do you do to get organized? let’s talk about it!

Time Management: How to Make it Happen!

Juliette Bourdier, Lead Graduate Teacher, French and Italian

200 ATLAS – Monday 2:00 – 3:00 pm