What are the new time management hacks

Time management - work more effectively with simple tricks

Which does ______________ mean "Time management" at all? According to Wikipedia and other definitions, it means nothing more than using methods to determine the time that is available for a specific task or project, as effectively as possible to use. But how does it work? We want to find out in our blog post today. We will introduce you to different methods for different areas. And of course we are also very excited about your ideas and approaches on this topic.

  1. Eisenhower principle
  2. ALPS method
  3. Backward planning
  4. Set SMART goals
  5. Have you already tried one of the exercises or do you know other effective methods for scheduling?

This method is designed to help you according to the tasks to be done priorities to be able to decide what should be done when and by whom. This increases the effectiveness when working. The priorities of the tasks can be differentiated according to Importance and urgency. Important tasks are those that are directly linked to the goal to be achieved. Urgent tasks are those that need to be done immediately. But: Not everything that is urgent is also important!

This procedure is used for daily scheduling and structuring of tasks. There is a simple principle behind the term:
A. - Note down tasks and appointments
L. - Estimate the length
P. - Plan buffer times
E. - make decisions (set priorities)
N - Follow-up check (draw daily balance)

With the help of this donkey bridge, you can quickly and easily create a table before starting work in which you enter the tasks, their priority, the planned time (plus buffer time) and the follow-up inspection. This is how you get a good one Overview of your daily routine and you can organize your tasks better.

This method is about that Planning and implementation of larger projects. Often there is a tendency to start from the current situation and plan from there to the goal. We are just as often in default. But why is that? If we start from the now and think ahead, we quickly forget what will come in the end. The backward planning therefore starts exactly there: At the goal. You go from there Step by step back and notes the tasks (and their estimated duration) that have to be completed before the latter, until one has arrived at the current state. So you not only keep an eye on the obvious sub-goals, but above all what comes at the end and is otherwise so easily forgotten.

In order to achieve a goal, it is important that it is clearly formulated. Because you can only achieve it if you know what you want. So once you've set a goal, this method can be used specify and examinewhether it can be implemented in the planned form.
S. - Specific (formulate the task as concretely / precisely as possible)
M. - Measurable (can the success be verified?
A. - Action-oriented (use positive formulations)
R. - Realistic (are the goals achievable?)
T - Scheduled (set time frame)

And here are a few useful additional tips for everyday life:

  • Reduce distractions: Switch off the TV, cell phone and internet, schedule sideline activities
  • setup workspace: Put everything you need in its place beforehand and store the things you don't need elsewhere
  • Schedule break times: The brain needs breaks in order to be able to maintain concentration over the long term. It also continues to work during the breaks. With regular breaks, we create more of our to-do list in the end and are more motivated for further work.
    • A mini break every 30-40 minutes (e.g. getting up, opening the window, shaking out arms and legs)
    • A short break of max. 10 minutes every 90-120 minutes (e.g. away from work, get coffee)
    • After 3-4 hours, take a long break of about an hour (e.g. lunch, going for a walk)

Have you already tried one of the exercises or do you know other effective methods for scheduling?

Working materials from "skript.um - working on writing together" (Bielefeld University)