Time-management, 2017-2018

Kurt Lewin Instituut
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Time-management, 2017-2018

Teaching staff
Dr. Tim Theeboom (University of Amsterdam) and prof.dr. Bianca Beersma (VU University Amsterdam)

Type of course
Methodological and Practical Courses

February 6, 2018

University of Amsterdam, Roeterseiland, Nieuwe Achtergracht 129-B, Building G, room 1.05

1 day


Maximum number of participants

0,5 EC will be appointed for participation in the complete course.

One of the advantages of working in an academic context is the flexibility and freedom with regards to time-management. Although PhD students do have some deadlines (conference submissions, revision deadlines), the only major deadline is the submission of their masterpiece (dissertation). This flexibility has several obvious advantages but it also has a downside, it requires a lot of self-discipline and strong time-management capabilities. In this workshop we will work on skills such as pro-active planning, prioritizing, and email-management as well as on how to implement these skills in a sustainable way with the goal of developing a stress-free and productive workflow.

The Workshop consists of three parts:
1) Discovering how we are currently managing our time
2) Adopting a new system and workflow
3) Optimizing conditions for implementation (enhancing focus and minimizing procrastination opportunities).

While there is almost no empirical work on effective time-management behavior, there are several classic pop. psychology and self-management books on time-management such as ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allan, the 4 hour workweek by Tim Ferris and ‘7 habits of highly effective people’ by Stephen Covey. In the workshop, we will borrow (and adjust) some of their ‘theories’ and models, so these might be interesting reads for the participants. However, reading them is by no means obligatory.
We will send out a short assignment two weeks before the start of the workshop.

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