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Time Management

Target group

Doctoral candidates



Fundamental requirements for good time management during your research project:

  • Setting smart goals
  • Making decisions and developing initiative
  • Gaining and re-gaining motivation along the journey

Strategies for efficient and effective use of time

  • Time planning and your dissertation: long term planning with your master plan, weekly and daily planning
  • Setting priorities (Eisenhower Method, Pareto Principle)
  • Finding your balance: research project – job – private life
  • Getting rid of time-killers
  • Using high concentration techniques (silent hour, Pomodoro Technique)
  • Controlling your inner state through relaxation techniques


  • You know how to plan on three timely horizons – you know about different possible planning methods and know which one you should try
  • You are able to analyze and improve your use of time applying the Eisenhower Matrix
  • You know how to apply specific relaxation techniques to prevent and deal with stress
  • You are able to use the Pomodoro Technique for high concentration phases


Trainer input; individual, partner, and group work; written and creative focusing exercises; relaxation exercises; guided and free sequences in which participants can develop images; brief presentations by participants; group reflection.



Dr. Matthias Mayer,


14 h


Mon, 28.10.2019, 10:00–18:00 h

Tue, 29.10.2019, 9:00–17:00 h


Please register via the campus management portal HISinOne.


Seminar Room of the Freiburg Research Services (FRS),

Friedrichstr. 41-43, 2nd floor 

Number of Participants

14 Doctoral Candidates