Time management is individual. Here is an overview of some of the different approaches.[more...]

Time Management Tailored to You

There are many time management philosophies out there. You should analyze for yourself which time management philosophy best suits your needs and use that one, or create one that suits your needs.

In order to find just the right time management philosophy for you, it is helpful to first answer the following questions:

  • Are you a beginner, advanced or professional time manager?
  • Are you an employee or a freelancer?
  • Are you laid back or disiplined?
  • Do you have a lot of free time?
  • Do you often work with Outlook?
  • How much of your work is group or team work?
  • How well do you handle stress?

Time Management: Different Approaches

Several time management approaches are provided below. In many cases, the distinction between time management and self-organization is hard to define because they have many simularities.

  • Classic Time Management
  • Pragmatic Time Management
  • The 7x7 Method
  • The 5x3 Method
  • 7 Resources
  • Time management according to Prof. Lothar Seiwert
  • The Hirt Method
  • The Löhn Method
  • Time Management: Time is a Scarce Resource

    According to Matthias Büttner's time management approach called "7 Resources", everyone has 7 resources that are available for use, and which can be optimized and increased in potential. Time is one of these resources.

    • 1. Time
    • 2. Money
    • 3. Vitality
    • 4. Knowledge
    • 5. Ability
    • 6. Thoughts
    • 7. Communication

    This approach is rather analytical and can be used for drawing various conclusions. The different resouces are used to achieve your personal life goals

    Time management, in this context, provides for the optimization of the resource Time and is therefore a foundational element for the achievement of your most important life goals.

Time Management: Life Goals

Some popular examples of life goals are:

  • To be happy
  • To have a happy family
  • To have the best possible health
  • To have wonderful friends
  • To have a positive outlook on life
  • To be financially secure
  • To be self-motivated and in control of your life
  • Boundries: Time management, self-organization, self-conduct, goal management

    What are the boundries between concepts like "time management", "self-organization", "self-conduct" or "goal management"? Which of the previously introduced methods best fits in one of these categories?

    First of all it must be said that there are no difinitive lines between the different categories. They are rather fluid and meld into one another, making it less meaningful to focus on the terms themselves.

    Time is a resource and, if you consider it in the stricktest terms, cannot really be managed. However, the owner of the resource - for example you or your coworkers - can be managed.

    Time management philosophies describe how one can handle time. They describe what you should do in order to optimally use your resource Time. Therefore a time management philosophy is also a matter of "self-conduct" and describes "self-organization" techniques.

    Self-conduct or self-management principles tell us how we can best handle ourselves. How to motivate yourself, how to decide the best way to manage your time, how to relate to other people, how to change your view of the world. Broad philosophies on self-conduct or self-management always contain a component regarding how to handle time. Time management is therefore always a component of self-conduct or self-management philosophies.

    Goal management, like time management, is not the most perfectly formulated term. This is because it is not the goals that are being managed but rather the resources or at least the holder of the resources, namely people.

Classic Time Management

Classic time management recommends noting down all of your activities and then prioritizing them. In order to prioritize in the most optimal way, you have to know your goals and/or your life goals. After that, everything falls in place.

This approach is good for all time management beginners. Advanced and profi time managers can reduce the amount of effort that is associated with this approach. The hardest part is the prioritizing. At the end of this page, you can download our X47 book titled "Time Optimally Used" at no charge. In this book we introduce you to different prioritizing approaches.

Pragmatic Time Management

With pragmatic time management, the process no longer involves writing everything down but rather concentrating on a few, most important tasks. This is the method that most advanced time managers use.

The 7x7 Method

The 7x7 Method is a new method and a suprisingly simple combination of time management and self-organization. The method adds a daily strategic activity and three daily training exercises to the basic pragmatic time management method. The strategic activity is meant to support you in the consistant persuit of important, long-term changes or goals. The daily training exercises are to ensure that you can change your way of doing things.

The 5x3 Method

The 5x3 Method is another version of the 7x7 Method.

This method is reduced to the most important ground rules of time management. Everyone, regardless if you are an employee, free-lancer, etc., should deal with exactly three tasks. These tasks should be dealt with and finished right away, without hesitation and without interruption.