Time- and career- management (also: for part-timers)

Seminar PDF

Duration: 1-2 days

Course type: In-house seminar. Optionally as online course

Trainer: Peter Kronenberg or Karin Bodewits

Target group: PhD students and postdocs

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 make best use of 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

Principles of time-management

  • 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, paper 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

Efficient working

  • How to manage your day efficiently?
  • Prioritising

This seminar can be offered as an in-house seminar or as online course. 

This course can be combined with Goodbye academia?® to give the integrated 3-day programme Career development.


Karin Bodewits (k.bodewits@naturalscience.careers) or Philipp Gramlich (p.gramlich@naturalscience.careers )/ Tel.: +49 (0) 176 7453 7200 (Karin) or +31 (0) 6 82454 258 (Philipp) or +49 (0) 152 0600 5189 (Philipp)