Dossier: Time management methods

No matter, whether you work 5 or 50 hours per week – you have more of your time when you deal with it intelligently. A good time management will help to divide your resources better, to use your energy better and to get better output more quickly.

Therefore, we have compiled a few proven time management techniques in this page to help you in managing your everyday work better. Try them out! You will see that; Productivity is fun and is an effective antidote to job burnout and frustration!

The Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro is a technique of time management, which was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 80s. The idea behind this: frequent breaks increase the mental agility – and hence productivity also. Cirillo divides his tasks in 30-minutes units, trying to work as concentrated as possible for 25 minutes in order to allow finally a 5-minute break.

The name “Pomodoro” is originated from the kitchen clock, which Cirillo used for his experiments. It was shaped like a tomato, Italian: Pomodoro.

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The ALPS Method

The ALPS Method will allow you to plan your day in a very effective manner. The plan itself requires only a few minutes per day.

ALPS stands for:

  • A: to write down Tasks, Schedules and planned activities
  • L: to assess duration of each activity
  • P: to include buffer times for each task
  • E: to make decisions meeting the priorities
  • N: to recheck all the time

It is recommended usually to plan covering only 60% of the time. 40% should be reserved as a buffer.

For more information: http://www.teachsam.de/arb/zeitmanagement/zeitmanag_2_4_5.htm

Getting Things Done

“Getting Things Done” is based on the experience that many things that are constantly floating around in our head, make our life miserable: that is causing stress and blocking energy.

Therefore it is valid that all our attention – and thereby: our time – binds or banish from one’s own mind: no matter whether it is dealing with larger or smaller tasks, important or unimportant To-do, Private or Professional.

Write down everything you currently engaged and what needs to be done, set your goals and priorities and then work by all the necessary steps in a targeted manner. Once the head is free for the first time, you will be more productive automatically.

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