Project management: doing less but achieving more

Professional skills courses

Course information

Number of sessions: 2
Hours per session: 8 and 4
Course fee:

  • free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
  • €265,- for non-members
  • Consult our enrolment policy for more information.


Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School).

You can only enrol for one edition of this course.

Edition 1

Session 1
September 30 (Monday) 2019
Location will be announced soon. 

February 7 (Friday) 2020
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01 

Edition 2

Session 1
February 4 (Tuesday) 2020
Sanders building (directions), room 1-11

June 10 (Wednesday) 2020
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Aims and working method

This is a one-day program for PhD students with a minimum of 6 months of experience, who haven’t done ‘How to finish your PhD in time’. You will discuss your personal planning and do a number of practical exercises. 
The program focuses on the things you would like to achieve in your work, taking into account your personal ways of working and the difficulties you encounter while keeping a healthy work/life balance.

The tools we will hand to you are various ways of analysing and planning your time on a day-to-day basis, as well as in the long term. You will be able to apply the tools and experiences directly to your own work situation. 
You will receive the book ‘Projectmanagement’ for PhDs’ and learn to work with the special web based planning tool

Learning objectives

After completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply time management and project management tools to writing your dissertation, taking into account your personal goals
  • Adjust and fine-tune your existing plan 

Session descriptions

Session 1:

  • Practical reflection
  • Stay in control and adjust and fine-tune your first plan 

Session 2:

  • Differences between micro, meso- and long term time management 
  • Discussing personal goals and work methods
  • Differences between urgent and important tasks
  • Adjust your plan for the coming years of your PhD project

About the instructor

Maarten Bordewijk, MA, is one of the senior trainers of Hertz, training for scientists. He is an experienced professional in personal and organizational development.  He is specialized in Time management and Project management. 

Work-life balance coaches

Doing a PhD can at times be stressful. Balancing research with teaching and a social life might at some point even raise difficult questions. How do I say ‘no’? How do I set the right priorities? What are the factors that makes me feel stressed? What gives me energy and how do I retain pleasure in my work?

In order to help you answer these questions, Erasmus University has assigned several work-life balance coaches. On your initiative and when it suits you best, you can contact one of these coaches and request an individual coaching session. The conversations will be during working hours and are strictly confidential. You do not have to inform your supervisor.

Dr. Claartje van Sijl is one of these coaches. Claartje obtained her doctorate in Philosophy and specialises in coaching academics. She can discuss challenging work-life balance situations that occur in your life as a PhD candidate and help you find solutions.

Search for work-life balance coaches in for more information.