Virtual CreativeMornings: Bilge Uzun


April 30, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Open To Public

Under the theme of “procrastinate”, CreativeMornings Istanbul is hosting the author of the book The longest journey starts with a single step, Prof. Dr. Bilge Uzun. On Friday morning, April 30, we will talk about what procrastination is, why it happens, and its effects on our lives.


09:00-09:30: Welcoming and Breakfast
09:30-10:00: Talk
10:00-10.30: Q&A and Networking


Click here to register for the event, which will take place via Zoom.


About the speaker: Bilge Uzun


Bilge Uzun received her undergraduate (BS), Master’s (MS), and PhD degrees from Psychological Counseling at Middle East Technical University. She completed her Master’s and PhD theses on different aspects of time management, specifically on procrastination. She then completed her Post Doc at Roehampton University, Department of Psychology. She still works as a Professor Doctor at Bahçeşehir University, Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance.


Starting her academic studies in the field of “procrastination”, Uzun has developed programs to deal with procrastination by associating the prevalence and reasons of procrastination with many issues at the national and international level. She is the author and co-author of different books and articles indexed in SSCI, and translated book chapters. She has presented papers throughout Europe, US, and far East in a variety of psychology conferences. In recent years, she completed the “Cross-cultural comparison of procrastination: UK, Austria, Turkey and Poland comparison” study in The New York Times magazine. Her search to stay in the moment, which is an extension of procrastination, resulted in her pursuit for Mindfulness studies. She has transferred her work to book and book chapters in recent years and has a personal development book titled The longest journey starts with a single step based on her mindfulness practices.


About the theme: Procrastinate


The things that we perpetually push to tomorrow’s to-do list can become a mental weight. Even though we know the welcome relief that will wash over us when that thing we’re avoiding is complete, still, we delay, just a little while longer.


Procrastination can be a sort of art form: the art of deferred action. It’s a technique that’s got a bad reputation, one often tinged with shame. But it can also be a way to claim the ways you wish to your time. It harbors creative possibilities, too.


In that game of waiting-waiting-waiting until it’s almost too late but not quite, a coiled spring of potential energy hides, ready to leap into action at a moment’s notice. Narrowing a timeline can be a fruitful creative constraint, an exercise in trusting the unknown. When a window of opportunity shrinks, improvisation and spontaneity might unfurl like a flower in a time-lapse video blooming at super speed, a confetti cannon of petals bursting in full color.