“If you don’t manage your time, someone else will”: Yes, but how?
Presented by the iHEA ECR SIG
"The single most common comment I ever hear – at any stage of someone’s career – is that they “don’t have enough time”. Yet, given that essentially we all have the same ‘standard allocation’ of 24 hours per day, why is this? And why does it seem that other people always seem to have more time; they produce more papers, teach more courses, and have more rapid promotions, but at the same time are always there for their kids school play, watching football at the weekend, and going on long weekends with their partner? The answer, of course, is that it is not the amount of time we have that differs, but how we manage it."
In this webinar Richard will give some reflections on strategies that he has seen, and has used himself, to feel more in control of his time and make more productive use of it. Richard will look, inter alia, at the importance of monitoring time use, ways to use less time on what we do, how to use concepts of ‘diminishing returns’ and ‘satisficing’ to our advantage, creating more ‘productive’ time from each day, the importance of perception versus reality, how to use collaboration and teams to ‘save’ time, why we need to say ‘yes’ to say ‘no’, and the critical role of values and focus. Richard will also be answering any questions from participants!
Speaker: Richard Smith
Richard Smith is Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor and Professor of Health Economics at the University of Exeter in the UK. Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies in economics at the University of York in 1991, Richard worked in Sydney, Cambridge, Bristol, Melbourne and Norwich, before joining the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he was Head of the Department of Global Health & Development from 2008-2011, and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health & Policy from 2011-2018, when he moved to Exeter.
Richard has worked on a wide range of health economics topics, applying micro-, macro-, behavioural-, and political-economics techniques, across many countries. He has received research funding in excess of £50m, and has more than 250 publications across leading health and economics journals. He has editorial experience of several journals, including Health Economics and Social Science & Medicine, has been member and chair of various research funding panels, expert advisor for numerous national and international organisations, and holds several honorary and non-executive appointments. He has also taught widely, developing several Master’s programs, short-courses and Executive courses.
Throughout his career Richard has supported career development directly in line management and indirectly through institutional leadership roles, and has seen many staff progress from post-doc researchers through to professor and beyond. He has also advised on, supported and witnessed hundreds of promotions and is an active advocate for ECR. Richard is married to a fellow academic, has two children aged 13 and 8 and doesn’t work at weekends!