Time Management Session Overview

Topics to be covered

  • Why time management is necessary but not sufficient
  • How we can become our own worst enemy with needless delay
  • Why humans are “predictably irrational” and the effects on our decision making
  • Priorities and how to protect them
  • Why saying “no” is important to personal productivity
  • Strategies for ending procrastination

Learning outcomes

  • Develop an appreciation for why time-management is not sufficient
  • Understand the role of emotions and coping in task avoidance
  • Understand the importance of reflection and self-awareness in habit formation
  • Identify and readily implement strategies for getting started on challenging and aversive tasks
  • Articulate key issues related to priority setting
  • Learn various approaches/techniques for saying no effectively

Registration Availability: This event is only open to University Services employees.

Session Style: Lecture, facilitated small-group discussion, and individual reflection

Date: Thursday June 11th, 2020

Time: Breakfast at 8:30am, session from 9am to noon

Bio about Instructors

Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl

Tim is a proud Carleton alumnus who stayed on at Carleton as a professor after completing his Ph.D. here in 1995. This biography is unique because it is the last he will write as a Carleton faculty member. Tim will be retiring from Carleton on June 30th of this year.

Tim has garnered an international reputation for his research on the breakdown in volitional action commonly called procrastination. In addition to his scholarly publications, books such as Solving the Procrastination Puzzle (2013, Penguin) and Procrastination, Health and Well-Being (Elsevier, 2016; co-edited with Fuschia Sirois, University of Sheffield), Tim also produces the iProcrastinate podcast (iTunes) and writes the Don’t Delay blog for Psychology Today (see www.procrastination.ca for more information).

Tim’s research is complemented by his passion for teaching for which he has won numerous awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the Ontario Faculty Associations Teaching Award, The University Medal for Distinguished Teaching, the Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award, and, most recently, the Carleton University Student Association Teaching award. Tim has been an invited speaker across the country working with professors in universities and colleges to enhance teaching and learning.

When not on campus, you will find this self-described “dinosaur dad” at home on his hobby farm with his wife and children (ages 15 and 12). Together they care for their huskies and horses while enjoying the restorative countryside of the Ottawa Valley.

Dr. Eve-Marie Blouin-Hudon

Eve is a recent Carleton University alumni, where she spent her graduate years studying the role of imagination (mental imagery, daydreaming, creative thinking) on procrastination,

empathy, wellbeing, and workplace innovation. She identifies as a positive psychologist, since her research and facilitation efforts are motivated by a need to understand what makes people thrive and grow.

Eve has been curious about human behaviour and imagination from a very young age. Her decision to pursue a research-intensive path was also accompanied by a need to distill important academic findings into actionable tools useful for non-academic audiences. Fueled by this passion for pedagogy, Eve teaches courses at Carleton University on the psychology of creativity, play, and innovation in the workplace. She also started her consulting agency, Bevy Creative, as a way to share her expertise in a hands-on way. She helps organizations and individuals understand and master creative thinking to implement a culture of innovation and wellbeing. Her teaching and facilitation is based on experiential learning, which involves learning by doing (and preferably, playing).

In her spare time, Eve is also an expert in residence at Impact Hub Ottawa, and a co-owner of an art collective, which has collaborated with institutions like the National Arts Centre, the Ottawa Art Gallery, SAW gallery, the Museum of Nature, and has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council.