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This term, I'm taking more time for

by stopping my procrastination - with ProLernen

What is procrastination?

Do you know what procrastination is? Imagine the following situation: You decide to complete your assignments right at the beginning of the lecture-free period, but instead you postpone actually getting down to writing for weeks on end. Instead, your kitchen shines like new, your posts on Facebook have gone up by 80% and you're best informed about current world events (because you spend so much time surfing). How does this situation make you feel? Does it allow you to enjoy your leasure time to the full or is guilt gnawing away at your conscience?

Postponing work is nothing unusual – people do it in the firm belief that they will have more resources in terms of time, energy, inspiration, and quiet the following day. If postponing is accompanied by an uncomfortable feeling or a bad conscience, then you are procrastinating. Students often complain about their own academic procrastination. In some cases, procrastination leads to students dropping out of their courses altogether or seemingly studying for ever. Research shows that procrastination often comes down to problems in self-management. But first, the good news: self-management can be learnt!


What makes the difference in the services from ProLernen?

First, the good news: self-management can be learnt! ProLernen starts just where it is needed - with self-management. The “Pro” in ProLernen stands for Procrastination, but also for Professionals in self-management. The different services ProLernen provides all have the goal of making you a professional in managing your goals, resources and needs, and therefore reducing procrastination. The services all draw upom current results from psychological research on procrastination and proven approaches from systemic and resource-oriented consulting and coaching practice.

Current services from ProLernen

Anti-procrastination group for students

One of the most important strategies in behavior change is continuity. In addition to our established workshop formats, we also have an anti-procrastination group. Members meet on a continuous basis once a week, even during lecture-free periods. In the group, specific focus is placed on those of your resources and existing skills that will help you kick start your studies again with motivation. Another important aspect is meeting fellow students who are similarly affected and getting social support. Learn from others what helps them to transform their goals into reality. Become experts in procrastination together and develop individual strategies to combat constant procrastination in your studies under expert guidance.

  • When: Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00
  • Where: Room H 3.219

Becoming a member of the group is also possible at any time after prior registration.

Register under:; Subject: Anti-procrastination group

Workshop for students: Finally put an end to putting things off for ever!

In this workshop, we use methods from the long-proven and scientifically evaluated anti-procrastination course from the University of Munster. Here, you'll learn effective strategies that focus on your time management and planning skills. Learn to understand why you keep putting things off time and time again, and the strategies that have already helped many other students to finally start their study assignments on time. This workshop course lasts 6 weeks.

Key data:

The workshop will take place on Mondays from 4 to 5:30 pm in Room H 3.219.

  • 28/10/2019
  • 4/11/2019
  • 18/11/2019
  • 25/11/2019
  • 9/12/2019
  • 16/12/2019


Preliminary meeting date: 23/10 at 2 pm in Room H3.219 (you can still sign up for the workshop after this date!)

The background to the workshop is the book: Höcker, A., Engberding, M. & Rist, F. (2017). "Heute fange ich wirklich an! Prokrastination und Aufschieben überwinden – Ein Ratgeber". Göttingen: Hogrefe.

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Workshop for PhD students: Think snappily and put the punch back into your writing

Lots of postgrad students can sing a song about the fact that your procrastination simply does not suddenly stop after your master's degree comes to an end. Quite the contrary, in fact: Since the period when doctoral studies are pursued is largely free structured, and also because of the many simultaneous obligations doctoral students have, many find it difficult to move forward with their doctorate. Time and time again work is put on hold and postponed to a "more favourable" time because of seemingly more urgent tasks.

This workshop will teach you how to overcome your procrastination, how to sustainably change your writing behaviour, and how to get (back) to writing your dissertation with verve. Based on the latest results from psychological research in procrastination and the successful coaching method used in the Zurich Resource Model, you get to develop your own anti-procrastination strategy.

Key data:

  • Max. no of participants: 10 persons
  • Date: 10 & 11 January 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Room: will be given in the mail confirming your registration

Register under:

  • Subject: Think snappily and put the punch back into your writing

Please include the following information in your mail: (1) your full name and (2) the subject of your doctorate

Tutorials on everything you need to know about nimble-footed self-management

Here you will find impulses (e.g. reflection exercises, tutorials), published by ProLernen:

How do I prepare and work with a writing plan (tutorial; total duration 10 mins; in German)?

Any questions? Any suggestions?



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