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May 4, 2023

Scientific Skills Workshops

Time Management in Doctoral Research


May 4, 2023
09h00 - 16h00


Karl Popper Room
DIW Berlin
Room 2.3.020
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin


Dr. Simon Golin

The DIW Graduate Center is pleased to offer a workshop on best practices of time management in doctoral research, taught by Dr. Simon Golin on May 4th, 2023, from 9am to 4pm. It is designed for all doctoral students and researchers at DIW who would like to improve their time management skills. The workshop can host at most 16 participants. Please register with the GC ( by April 28, 2023. Please note: Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Teaching, part time work, professional development, private arrangements and not least the thesis: Time pressure results in many things only being half done. In the end there is not enough time for the important tasks and you are left with the uncomfortable feeling of again not having managed everything.
It is however not difficult to improve dealing with the personal time budget. Through the implementation of established time management methods, individual disturbances can be minimized, priorities can be set and planning horizons can be determined in order to make the own work more effective.
During this workshop the participants learn the fundamentals of time management and deal mainly with the following topics:

  • Basics of time management: Setting goals and priorities
  • Efficiency versus effectiveness: The subtle difference
  • Important or urgent: My projects in the Eisenhower diagram
  • Structuring your time: My planning horizon
  • Would ’ave, could’ave, should’ave: Disturbances & time-wasters – both self-inflicted & caused by others
  • Expect the unexpected: Strategies for dealing with the unplannable
  • Time management: My next steps

About the coach: Dr. Simon Golin, Berlin, heads the consultancy company GOLIN WISSENSCHAFTSMANAGEMENT. For more than 30 years now he has been involved with not-for-profit management – with a focus on science, education and the foundation sector. Amongst other things, he has been managing director of the “Deutscher Studienpreis” at the Körber foundation, secretary general of the German National Ethics Council and secretary general of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg.