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Finish on Time

Organized by WINGS and Finish on Time.

The background is that in academia we focus on what/the content of our work, but sometimes we forget to pay attention to our own workprocess, or how we work, think, and act. However, the process is important for finishing research projects and managing stress levels. Furthermore, as individuals, we often have one main strategy, or a certain way of thinking and acting, to deal with a variety of situations. Often, our main strategy works fine, but when we encounter new situations, we might need a greater variety of strategies. This workshop is designed to provide you with new strategies applicable to academic work.

More specifically, you will learn three productivity tools - focusing on the endproduct, the 80/20 principle, and working in units - and apply them to your own work situation. These three productivity tools are closely connected to the field of stress management. Here, we will discuss a model ”demand - control - support” to explain causes of stress in the academic environment, and how you can use it in managing your stress level. You will also learn and try new tools for thinking and acting differently. For instance, recognizing your ”automatic thoughts” and how they affect your behavior, as well as tools for handling common thoughts in a performance culture, e.g. high demands on achievement.

The workshop was held several times during academic years starting from 2012 with slightly different scope in every workshop.