Mindful Productivity for scientists -online

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
30 May, 7, 13, 20 and 27 June 2022 08:00 12:30 Online Juliane Teapal 15 / 15 Add to waiting list

Course description


By the end of this course, the students will have a full strategy of productivity that starts with themselves at the center and builds up around the needs of each individual.

This includes:

- An increase in self-awareness. The students identify their strengths, values, and purpose, which will be the basis for maintaining their motivation and set goals. 

- A mindful approach to identify their common struggles (for example impostor syndrome, perfectionism, procrastination…), and how to respond to them so they can keep moving forward.

- How to set S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals aligned with their values and translate these into projects and tasks.

- Plan their work so they can manage their time and their energy in an optimal way. They will identify the energy that different types of tasks consume and different activities to rest and recover energy.

- Practical tips to navigate relationships at work. From understanding cultural differences to setting boundaries. 


General Information

Target Group: PhD candidates, postdocs and scientific staff
Group size: No maximum participants
Course duration: 2.5 day
Language: English
Credit points: 0.8 ECTS
Self-study hours:  
Name lecturer: Ana Pineda
Venue: Online



The content of the class will be delivered via Zoom. These sessions are
interactive encouraging student participation in the chat and verbally.
Self-reflection exercises: during these blocks, the students have different
exercises to complete in their workbooks (an electronic will be provided). The lecturer encourage them to print those to minimize screen time. During this time, the lecturer is available in a breakout room for questions.

Group discussion:

Here  the outcome of the exercises will be shared and discussed. Half of the time will be in breakout rooms in groups of 4-5 students to sharetheir experiences with the topics discussed.

Mindful breaks:

After each block of activities, short mindful breaks will take place(meditation, mindfulness, breathing exercises, etc.) that students can later
incorporate into their days.

The content
The program is organized into 5 (4 hours each) modules as follows:

Day 1: Self-awareness. Pareto principle; Rest & productivity; Strengths, values
and purpose; Impostor Syndrome and limiting beliefs.
Day 2: Project management. Goal-setting; Projects, tasks, and priorities; Making
Day 3: Time management. Defining the ideal day, week, and year; Pomodoro
technique and perfectionism; Procrastination and finding flow.
Day 4: Energy management. Creativity and cyclical planning; Energy-productivity
framework; Managing the environment
Day 5: Relationships management. Boundaries and saying no; The cultural
aspect; Motivation and Happiness


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
€ 260
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff € 520
External fee: All other participants € 1040

Fee includes study and training material.

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


For more information please contact

Juliane Teapal (Juliane.Teapal@wur.nl)