Week 1

This week you will be introduced to what good time management is about. We will start with goal setting, long-term planning, and decision making.

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June 24, 2024

Day 01 - Welcome & Intro

8 Lessons

This lesson welcomes you to this course and gives you an initial introduction to the importance of time management. No one but you is responsible for your project.

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Introduction to the three big areas: I) Define your direction • set clear goals • define clear projects/clear topic • decide! II) Plan your time • long-term (Masterplan) • intermediate term (weekly planning) • short-term (daily planning) III) Control your inner state • concentrate • relax • motivate yourself

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Course overview (taken from the 2-days live online version). In any version of this course you get an overview of all the topics we look at.

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About your trainer, Dr. Matthias Mayer. About his backgrounds in art and computer science, and how he found his passion of being a trainer and coach.

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Why defining the test phase of several weeks right after taking this course is highly recommended.

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Already during the course, please collect specific feedback, like suggestions for improvements, but also what you like especially well - using this document. Please share it with us briefly before the course ends.

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Being effective and being efficient is both very valuable. However, they are not the same! There is a big difference. And, one of them is 100 times more important than the other. Understand and apply it to your life.

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Short physical exercise to regain energy.

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Day 02 - Set goals

1 Lesson

Probably you already set goals. In this lesson you get recommendations how exactly to do so and how to deal with goals. Many people mistake wishes for goals. You learn, what smart goals are, and when even the structure OKRs makes sense. From now on, have written down yearly, quarterly and weekly goals.

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Day 03 - Plan long term

2 Lessons

Create a long-term plan of your complete PhD thesis /postdoc project. You can download the Gantt chart template and create your own individual plan based on the recommendations given.

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How to estimate durations during long-term planning. Daniel Kahnemann's planning fallacy and ways how to fight it successfully.

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Day 04 -

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The three golden rules for successfully finishing a PhD thesis project.

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How to efficiently create your text in six steps. Following this method allows you to overcome the writer's block easily. Also, it is one of the most effective ways to produce high-quality text in only little time.

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Day 05 - Decide!

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Becoming a great decision-maker will let you save time and feel better after your decisions. Here you will learn why it makes sense to decide fast, to decide until you feel a certain relief, and to decide often. Enjoy growing your decision-making muscle!

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