Energy & time management: how to perform in the storm

25-26 April 2019



During the workshop participants will

  • understand the four sources of energy that fuel high performance,
  • assess how they are currently performing on all four energy dimensions,
  • identify key areas of development & change in their energy management,
  • plan new habits that can help them achieve the targeted change
  • understand what can get in their way and how to address such challenges effectively.

As a result of the workshop, participants will have

  • developed an understanding on how they are spending their time,
  • identified their priorities and set SMART goals,
  • applied the urgent/important system to their tasks
  • learned how to say “no” constructively,
  • learned how to delegate tasks effectively,
  • gained skills to conquer procrastination,
  • developed an understanding for running productive meetings and
  • made a plan on how to re-organise their workspace to improve efficiency.


As they progress through their careers, young researchers experience increasing demands on their time. However, they often struggle with the unstructured nature of their profession, e.g. the number of emails that seemingly demand immediate attention is steadily increasing and can create a distorted sense of priority. They often feel captive to a seemingly overwhelming flow of projects, experiments, emails, meetings that all call for their immediate attention and result in unrealistic expectations on what can be achieved in a day. Eventually, even highperformers struggle to deliver and end up depleted until, inevitably, performance will drop.

This workshop teaches practical techniques to help young scientists to focus on their most important tasks, to achieve results, and to establish healthy productive working habits. Participants will discover existing practises and routines that keep them from managing their time efficiently, learn how to take control of their time by managing distractions, eliminating time sinks and focusing on their priorities.
This workshop will transform the way participants view self-management: they will start managing their energy in order to achieve and maintain high productivity in face of challenges. Using proven techniques from world-class athletes and high-performance teams, the focus of this workshop will be put on an overall approach and application of this concept to everyday academic life.

General information

Dates: 25-26 April 2019

Schedule: 8.55 - 17.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Building E, room E301-304 (please note the room change)

Credit points: 1.0 ECTS (Communication)

Evaluation: Active participation

Information: Please contact the doctoral program coordinator Sara Santi

Meals: no meals expenses reimbursement

Travel expenses: For participants of the DP-biol doctoral program in Organismal biology. Please send original the train tickets (half-fare, 2nd class) with the reimbursement form to Sara Santi. For more information see the travel expenses reimbursement section


  • This course is open to all Ph.D students. However, until 4 April 2019 priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in Organismal Biology"  participants.
  • Post-docs are welcome if places are still available.
  • Minimum number of participants: 10, maximum: 16. 
  • This course is free, but the effective cost is approx. CHF 300.00 per person. Therefore, a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Registration: through the web only: Closed.

Deadline: 11 April 2019

Please check our Cancellation policy.

Free cancellation before deadline. Cancellation fee after registration deadline: CHF 100.-