Time and Self-Management (November 9, 2018)

Working toward a doctoral degree can be challenging, as doctoral students are required to meet several demands from personal and professional areas of life: they have to plan and master deadlines, solve problems, participate at meetings, communicate with colleagues and supervisors and find a balance between work and private life. A number of PhD students even want to drop out – but if the reason for not finishing the PhD is the feeling of being overwhelmed by work it is possible to counteract: with the use of efficient methods and strategies they will be able to finish their thesis.


The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Analyze personal time- and self-management habits and their influence on
  • Analyze the current situation of the research project(s): how did I
    successfully make it that far?
  • Basic methods for realistic planning – as basis for success
    Methods for dealing with different requirements that demand different
    procedures: methods for writing/publishing, for research planning and process management, methods for effective communication and for other tasks, the doctoral students individually have to master
  • Milestone plan for the time that is left to finish the PhD – and detailed planning of the next 6 months
  • Setting priorities and other standard time management methods
  • If “research samples do not behave like they should” – dealing with unruly
    research questions
  • Problems with the supervisor: making the relationship work
  • Self-motivation by goal setting: what comes next – and how can I use that for motivation or volition?
  • Structuring the writing process
  • If it really is “writer’s block”: what are the reasons and how to deal with it
  • Where and how to get help if everything fails

Didactic aim

  • Participants are able to develop and install the time- and self-management methods they need to finish their PhD.
  • They acquire a set of methods and strategies for solving current and future time- management challenges.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Input by the speaker
  • Seminar script for further learning
  • Individual and group work, using the individual PhD project
  • Practical exercises, using the individual PhD project
  • Individual and group feedback

Target audience

Doctoral students and postdocs

Terms and Applications

Date: November 9, 2018
Time: 9:00-17:00
Group size: maximal 12
Workshop language: English


Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Von-Seckendorff-Platz 1, SR: 5.09
06120 Halle (Saale)

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Dr. Eva Reichmann


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