IMPRS-gBGC course 'Self and Time Management' 2014

The training is conducted over 2 full days. There will be short theory lessons, but the main focus in on 'trying out tools'. You will work on your own planing examples and other exercises in groups and by yourself, and talk about your experiences.

The transfer of what you will learn in this workshop to 'real life' will be supported by 'learning partnerships' and - if you wish - by a 'coach hotline'.


1.  Time & place

April 1 - 2, 2014
MPI for Biogeochemistry,
Seminar room B0.002 / B0.004


April 1:

9:30 - 12:45



coffee break

12:45 - 13:45

lunch break

13:45 - 17:45



coffee break


April 2:

9:00 - 12:30



coffee break

12:30 - 13:30

lunch break

13:30 - 17:30



coffee break


ca. 8h of teaching per day


2.  The instructor

Sabine Lerch, specialized in soft skill courses for 'hard science' (read more)


3.  The class

3.1  Concept

(taken from Sabine Lerch's website)

Time can not be bought, stored or stopped. Every second that passes is gone forever. In this respect it should be seen as the most valuable of all resources and the only way to maximize its potential is to use it well.

What 'well' means in this context is a highly individual thing. You will leave the training with many insights on your own patterns and a toolset to increase effectivity and efficiency. You will have a chance to clarify and prioritise your values and goals and plan tasks and projects that align with your goals. You will identify your particular time wasters and adopt strategies for eliminating them from your work pattern. You will find out about your high energy periods and how to focus your attention.

As the planning of scientific research projects becomes more and more crucial, one training unit introduces this topic.


3.2  Preparation

To prepare for the training, participants are expected to keep a time log for 3 days and assess their time wasters. These data will be used in the workshop to evaluate people current usage of time and find options for improvement. The training is conducted over 2 full days as a workshop. The approach will involve lectures and discussion to introduce the concepts of self- and time management as well as practical exercises and group work to develop personal skills.


3.3  Topics

  • Timeline
    • how do I deal with time
      • Analysis of my present situation
      • Different working styles
  • Values and Goals
    • what keeps me on track
      • Paradigms that influence my life
      • Positive outcomes and intrinsic motivation
  • Priorities!
    • ...first things first
      • Important or urgent?
      • Pareto and A-B-C
  • Effective Time-Management
    • how to manage and use time
      • Longterm and shortterm planning
      • Use of modern planning tools

4.  Registration

Click here to register before Friday, March 21, 2014.

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