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Time and Self-Management – Online Course


24. October 2022 09:30 – 24. October 2022 17:15
25. October 2022 09:30 – 25. October 2022 17:15
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Sooner or later, many doctoral candidates reach a point where their previous methods of time management and self-organization are no longer effective. This can usually be attributed to two causes: (1) the complexity and long timespan of the project require new methods of self-organization and (2) self-doubt and lack of motivation sap energy, often unconsciously, and thus undermine even the best time management techniques.

This workshop approaches the topic of time and self-management holistically: First, it introduces the basics and tools of time management. We will then look at the individual needs that must be considered for working productively over a long period of time and the resources and sources of strength that the participants can draw on to organize their doctorate and their life during this taxing period.
Second, we will identify the major causes of procrastination and lack of focus — and how to solve and prevent them. For this purpose, we will address issues of motivation, of managing energy, stress, and emotions, and the foundations of focus and flow.
The overall objective is to encourage participants to shape their doctoral studies according to their individual needs and goals and to navigate with self-confidence this process of professional and personal development.

Even though we will also touch on the basics of planning and on routines, this is not a project management workshop but rather a holistic time and self-management workshop that focuses on strengthening your abilities for self-leadership, healthy productivity, and a life during the doctoral phase where you not just survive but thrive.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, you will

  • know the foundations and methods for effective time management and healthy productivity,
  • be aware of your personal needs, resources, and strengths and know how to take them into account when planning,
  • understand the causes of procrastination and know how to prevent it and/or deal with it in the future,
  • be clear about your motivation for the doctorate and know how to harness it as an engine to advance your work,
  • be aware of the importance of routines and structure and know what to implement in your life to help you thrive as you pursue your doctorate, and
  • feel empowered and ready to shape your life according to your own needs and desires while pursuing your doctorate.

Didactic Methods

Lecture, plenary discussions, exercises, group work, individual work, creative work


Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.

To participate in the online course, you need a PC/laptop with a current browser (recommended: Chrome) as well as a headset (or speakers and a microphone), a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.


October 24, 2022, 9:30 am–5:15 pm, and
October 25, 2022, 9:30 am–5:15 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates from all disciplines


Maximum number of 14 participants
Internal 50 EUR
External 150 EUR


Please register until October 10, 2022 using the online registration form.


Dr. Anna Maria Beck

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Humanities and Social Sciences