Our services

We offer three services; a half day workshop on academic productivity; an all day conference on academic productivity and stressmanagement; and the Graduate Student Package with eight sessions extending over one semester.


1. Academic productivity (half day)

The workshop provides you with a toolbox for increased academic productivity.

The background of this workshop is that we often focus on what/the content of our work, but sometimes we forget to pay attention to our own work process, or how we work, think and act. However, the process is central in order to complete our work on time and feel well during the process. More specifically, you will learn three academic productivity tools – the 80/20 principle; end product focus, and the unit method – and apply them to your own work situation. You will:

• Try new productivity tools that are easy to implement and have large impact
• Get an increased sense of control through practical productivity tools
• Share experiences and best practices with other participants

Åsa provides an encouraging atmosphere and a great set of suggestions about how to become a highly effective and less stressed-out dissertation writer
– Graduate student, University of California, Berkeley

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2. Academic productivity and stress management (all day)

The conference provides you with alternative strategies for action.

As individuals, we often have a main strategy, or a certain way of thinking and acting, that we use in a variety of situations. Often our main strategy works well, but when we face new situations, we may need a wider range or variety of strategies. This conference is thus aimed at providing you with new strategies that are applicable to your work situation. We cover the productivity tools described under 1. If participants have already taken part in this workshop, we will cover productivity tools about setting and evaluating goals as well as a matrix for prioritizing between tasks. We combine these tools with stress management and answer questions such as; What is stress? What factors explains stress in the academic environment? What are automatic thoughts, with common themes such as perfection and the impostor syndrome, and how do they affect me? Which strategy is most useful for managing my automatic thoughts?

Theory is combined with practical exercises in smaller groups during the conference.

By using a set of new tools, I will be able to finish my thesis in the planned remaining 8 months, which I previously thought would be impossible!
– Graduate student, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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3. The Graduate Student Package (one semester)

The graduate student package helps you finish your dissertation on time and feel well during the process. We work with about eight PhD students in each group. This package consists of 8 session, extends over a semester, and contains three integrated parts:

• Workshops on productivity and stress management tools
• Individual conversations about your work situation and your goals
• Take-home assignments where you test and evaluate the new tools

I had a wonderfully productive week trying the new techniques. I am amazed at how much more control I have over this crazy beast after taking these few steps. It’s awesome. Thanks!
– Graduate student, University of California, Berkeley

Read more about the Graduate Student Package here

Finish On Time – our vision and mission

Our objective is to help graduate students, postdocs, and other academics to finish their academic work on time and feel well during the process. We do this by providing courses on academic productivity and stress management.

Finish On Time has offered courses at Sweden’s main universities, such as Lund University, Stockholm University, Uppsala University, LTH, KTH, and Luleå University of Technology, and has held workshops at the University of California, Berkeley and for Fulbright fellows in Stockholm. Over 1000 PhD students, supervisors, professors and researchers have participated in our conferences and seminars. The tools are based on knowledge from the University of California, Berkeley, management consulting, and stress research. Workshops have also been held for participants outside of academia, e.g. in the business world and the non-profit sector, and the tools have spread internationally (US, England, Ireland, Norway).

About us

    Åsa Burman

    Åsa Burman

    Åsa Burman has a PhD in philosophy and works as assistant professor of practical philosophy at Stockholm University. She specializes in social ontology in her research, and is also passionate about educational development. She has previously worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and has been a Fulbright fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, where she got the opportunity to participate in trainings in practical dissertation writing. She is the founder and CEO of Finish On Time as well as author of the book: Bli klar i tid och må bra på vägen: Handbok för doktorander (Natur & Kultur, 2017).

    Johanna Clausen Ekefjärd

    Johanna Clausen Ekefjärd is a licensed psychologist (KBT-focus) and specialized in stress. In addition to her experience of working with doctoral students and stress management within Finish On Time she has participated in a major research project at Lund University on stress. She has also worked as a coach for PhD students at the Alnarp Agricultural University for five years. She has previously worked as a psychologist at Previa and Lund University, and she currently works in general psychiatry.

    Johanna Clausen Ekefjärd

    Henrik Levinsson

    Henrik Levinsson

    Henrik Levinsson has a PhD in philosophy and works as assistant professor of psychology at Lund University. His research is about autonomy, and it draws from areas such as psychology, philosophy and medicine. Henrik has a genuine interest in educational development work and received an educational prize for best lecturer in 2010 and was appointed for the Qualified Teaching Practitioner (QTP) of the Educational Academy at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund in 2012. Henrik is currently teaching courses in the psychology program, he has taught at the doctoral level, and he regularly gives lectures outside of academia.

    Linde Lindkvist

    Linde Lindkvist is PhD and Senior Lecturer in human rights studies at the Stockholm School of Theology. He specializes in questions of human rights history, the right to religious freedom and children’s rights. He is the author of Religious Freedom and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which evolved out of his 2014 PhD thesis from Lund University. His ongoing postdoctoral project concerns the origins of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Linde first came in touch with Finish on Time during his graduate studies. He immediately found many of the tools to be extremely useful for his own work. Since then, he has steadily deepened his interest in how to make the research processes more effective and less stressful.

    Linde Lindkvist

    Jenny Rickardsson

    Jenny Rickardsson

    Jenny Rickardsson is a licensed psychologist with an emphasis on the B in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. She has a broad background ranging from clinical work with adults and children to organizational consulting and teaching psychology to different groups. She works at Karolinska University hospital, and is a PhD student at Karolinska Institutet. Her research project is about digitally delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Her previous work as a journalist still inspires her to deliver psychological insights in a way that people can understand, and above all, to make psychological science useful in people’s every day life. She is the author of the book Jag tror jag måste prata med någon: En guide till terapi (Natur&Kultur 2014).
    (Foto: Martin Runeborg)

    David Larsson Heidenblad

    David Larsson Heidenblad

    David Larsson Heidenblad is an Associate Professor at the Department of History, Lund University. He has published He partook in Finish on Time 2011–12 and has ever since taken a great interest in the academic work process. He has written about his experiences from the course in The Doctoral Students Handbook and has recently published Ett år av akademiskt skrivande: Erfarenheter och arbetstekniker för unga forskare (Studentlitteratur, 2020). In his research, he specializes in the history of knowledge and environmental history, with a focus on post-war Scandinavia. He is involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and runs a popular blog about academic work and writing (Ett år av akademiskt skrivande – en blogg av David Larsson Heidenblad). Since March 2020, e is deputy director for Lund Centre for the History of Knowledge (LUCK). (History of knowledge).