Online course Time Management for PhD students

Managing your PhD and your own working behaviour is not always easy. You have to manage your projects and experiments, write your articles, teach students, participate in meetings and presumably you have to do lots of other things that may not even be related to your PhD project. You may find it difficult to decide what to work on, to plan your day or week, or maybe you are procrastinating a lot, not working on the important stuff.

In three online workshops you will be invited to reflect on various aspects of (time) management of your PhD project. Which goals or milestones do you have? Which aspects in your work are essential to achieve these goals? Do you spend your time and energy on the right things? If the answer to this question is no, take action and get back on track. You will get tools to work more efficiently. You will discover where your inefficiencies are and how to manage yourself in order to become more productive and to finish your PhD in time.

After this course you…
‐ will spend less time on email and can achieve inbox zero every day
‐ will have a better overview over the PhD project and the to-do’s
‐ can plan and prioritize your PhD project more effectively
‐ can recognize and deal with your procrastinating behaviour
‐ will have tools for optimizing your working style to work with more focus
‐ can achieve a better work – life balance
‐ can relax and enjoy working on your PhD project

The training consists of three online group sessions of 2,5 hours with maximum 6 PhD students.  The group will be small (maximum 6) so that there will be enough time for sharing experiences and individual advice.

Participants log in to an online Zoom session with webcam and audio. The trainer will explain various concepts of time management and the practical organization of work. Participants share their work strategies and the difficulties they experience. Group discussions are alternated with discussion in smaller groups and exercises. Participants will receive homework in advance and after the sessions.


1. E-mail under control and overview over your work

2. The Big Rocks in your life and work

3. Working with focus

Time-manage yourself and your PhD

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Practical information

Online course Time management for PhD students – Time-Manage yourself and your PhD

Target group
PhD students from all over the world in all phases of their PhD project

The course will be given in English.

You can register your interest for the course by sending an email to the trainer Renée Niessen ( Please provide your name, address, institution and telephone number. A course will be planned as soon as enough students are registered.

€276,- excl. 21% BTW/VAT (€333,96 incl. 21% BTW/VAT)

Dates and time
Currently no course is planned. Please send an e-mail to in case you are interested to participate in the next course.