How to Manage Your Time as a Researcher

To succeed long term in a highly competitive environment, it is essential that early career researchers develop effective working habits. This 3-hour workshop provides practical advice to help researchers increase productivity by enhancing their current time management practices.

For PhD candidates, postdoctoral fellows and researchers.

The highly interactive format of this event ensures that participants leave the session with practical tools and ideas that suit their own working styles and circumstances.

Handouts from the workshop.

Programme outline

Part 1: Spring-clean your current schedule

Interactive session discussing strategies and tools to improve current working habits, particularly around challenges such as

  • prioritising constructively
  • making time for writing
  • managing interruptions
  • managing email and other communications
  • effectively running multiple projects at the same time


Part 2: Using planning to increase your productivity

Presentation and exercises introducing different planning strategies to optimise time management and focus on working productively.



Registration deadline: 10 May

Register here


About the presenter: Dr. Kerstin Fritsches

A lack of effective career training for PhDs led Kerstin to found PostdocTraining in 2011, to bridge a gap in professional development by providing support tailored specifically for PhD students and postdocs. PostdocTraining delivers career development support and mentoring for researchers worldwide and Kerstin has become a sought-after workshop facilitator on topics such as career planning and research leadership both in Europe and Australia.


Testimonials from former participants

“Really enjoyable, useful with a number of tools and practice points to implement immediately. Thanks, great program to help established and developing Research Leaders.”

“Many practical tips & tools so most people would find something of use. Nice balance of interactive activities and ‘lecturing’.”

“Constructive insight; comfortable, open-to-talk atmosphere; consistent with its topic and expectations; fun, promoting interaction with others; helped me to identify my own self better and in a more quantitative way.”

”Very nice to check own personality through different exercises. Also good to know what is expected of a good leader in academia.”








Tags: Career development, Time management, Early career researchers
Published Feb. 13, 2019 8:45 AM - Last modified May 23, 2019 10:42 AM