Time- and self management (for part-timers)

Seminar PDF

Duration: 1-2 days

Course type: 50% theory, 50% practical examples

Trainer: Karin Bodewits or Philipp Gramlich

Number of participants: Max. 12


This seminar can be tailored to a gender-specific audience if desired


Every week has 7 days, 168 hours or 10080 minutes…. a lot of time to do a lot of things! Still, many of us suffer from the feeling of always having too little of it. You might not give it enough thought on how you actually want to spend it and how to distribute it between your career, family, friends and hobbies. These are also no easy questions with answers to be found in a text book- the “ideal time schedule” is simply too different from one person to the other.

During this seminar we will analyse the individual schedules of the week and provide tools and ideas to optimise your time investment. Furthermore, we will discuss how to balance science and life in different contexts and how to plan your days in a flexible work environment.

The aim is not only to work more efficiently and to reduce personal “stress”, but also to be more satisfied and successful in your career and your personal life.


Seminar contents

 Time management in general

  • What do I want to achieve this year professionally and personally?
  • Your 168 hours: How much do you actually work? How much of this is towards your goals?
  • For what to spend time?
  • How to (not) schedule your calendar?
  • Software, calendar, post-it & Co.: your toolbox

Science-life balance

  • Parenthood/ care giving & career
  • Who is doing the laundry anyway?
  • My Nature paper and my social life: two antipodes shake hands

Time management for part-timers

  • Avoiding the “part-time trap”
  • Getting paid for ALL the hours you work

Flexible working: Your boss will love you!

  • Communicating your individual schedule
  • A working structure that benefits all

Efficient working

  • How to manage your day efficiently?
  • Your core competencies
  • The not-to-do list
  • Prioritising



Karin Bodewits (k.bodewits@naturalscience.careers) or Philipp Gramlich (p.gramlich@naturalscience.careers )/ Tel: +49 (0)89 99 016 971