Emerging Scholars’ Session – Productivity against Procrastination
“Productivity against Procrastination: how to improve time management and work-life balance” by Ulrike Lohner
Although time management has always been a central aspect of academic (just as non-academic) work, I realised that especially the term “procrastination” has become a fashion word in my academic surrounding over the last years. Numerous publications investigate strategies and effects of time management, work life balance and procrastination specifically amongst students. Other popular works offer extensive and lists of how to improve time management and end procrastination.
In 2011, Charlotte Frost started the web-based project “Academic Book Writing Month” which by now is a popular annual event called AcWriMo. During November, academics all over the world are invited to post and share their writing goals, struggles, progresses, and experiences while focusing on their writing tasks for one month. This project appears as a strong opponent against procrastination – although criticism can be found next to praise.
After a very short theoretical introduction, I will present a time management strategy based on the AcWriMo-project that has proven to be a valuable tool throughout my study and work years. I will show how it can be easily adapted to everyone’s needs and personality and how it allows for better work-life balance whilst organising and finishing your tasks. Together we will discuss this strategy whilst everyone will get the chance to create his or her own working plan and share further ideas.
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Ulrike Lohner is in the final year of her PhD studies at the German Institute of Heidelberg University, Germany. Her dissertation project focuses on the stylistic analysis of German right-wing extremist threat messages and left-wing extremist responsibility claims.