Description: Postdoctoral fellows navigate and engage in complex research, frequently with additional responsibilities, in environments with distractions that can impact productivity and decrease efficiency. This represents only a portion of one’s responsibilities, however, and having a balanced integration of work and life is critical to success in all aspects. We’ll discuss strategies and resources for establishing priorities, managing focus, and managing time, but ultimately the best time management tips and tricks are the ones that you use.
Learning objectives: Participants can understand
1. The key elements of time management: goal setting, organization, delegation, and relaxation
2. How to use SMART(ER) goals to manage important priorities
3. How procrastination and perfectionism are two barriers to managing time
4. Resources for managing activities, especially those that can be automated
Speaker Bio: Tracy, Costello, Ph.D. draws from an array of professional experiences fuel her passion for improving the postdoctoral experience. She is currently a career coach and professional development trainer for PhDs (www.coach4postdocs.com) and the executive coach for STEMPeers’ Gurukool networking and professional development platform. She earned her doctorate in biomathematics & biostatistics and human & molecular genetics, from The University of Texas MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston. Her predoctoral and postdoctoral work were funded in part by an R25 Fellowship n Cancer Prevention and focused on development of statistical methodology for application in genetics.
During her postdoctoral training at MD Anderson Cancer Center, she additionally served as the chair of her local postdoc association and on the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Board of Directors, and subsequently transitioned to staff positions in academia and industry. She returned to MD Anderson in 2012 to expand the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and was subsequently recruited to Moffitt Cancer Center in 2017 to create a new office. She has provided career development workshops and keynotes for numerous universities, professional societies, and non-profits including the American Heart Association, Society for Neuroscience, STEMPeers, the Texas Medical Center’s Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium, NYC Tri-Institutional Career Symposium, 30+ universities, and serves as a reviewer on study sections for both NIH and NSF. She volunteers her time as current member and former Chair of the NPA Board of Directors and the Vice President for U.S. Relations on the Board of Directors for STEMPeers.