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Hello from the Coaching Team!   How to gain control of your free time
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Four steps to simplify your priorities   Coach Introduction: Petra Peres
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Dear Students,

The studies at EBS are very demanding. During your introduction week, you are told that, including your lectures, you should plan at least 60 hours of study time each week. Then there are Ressorts, work, parties, family, friends from outside of EBS, etc. At some point in time, you might have to choose between studying for an exam, working on a presentation with your group, or organizing the EBS Symposium. It is never easy to make these decisions, especially when one has the feeling of burning out soon. However, a certain realization is often enough to stay motivated and keep your time managed.

In our Video of the Month, Laura Vanderkam shows that even the busiest people have lots of free time left. Just realizing that this time is there, can not only have a calming effect, but also motivate one to accomplish more in life.

In our Article of the Month, we are going to look at Caroline Beaton's steps to simplify one's priorities and figure out what's really important.

We are also happy to present to you our coach, Petra Peres, a consultant with over 10 years of experience in corporate leadership, who will be happy to help you to figure out your strengths and to achieve your goals.

In these newsletters, we publish content or info that we occasionally run into that we find inspiring, but actual coaching sessions can do so much more! Visit the coaching area on MyEBS to select a coach and book an appointment or contact us. We’ll be happy to hear from you!

Warm regards,
Your Coaching Team
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Video of the Month: How to gain control of your free time
There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got."   Picture could not be loaded
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Four steps to simplify your priorities
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For most people, it is not a challenge to figure out their priorities. For Caroline Beaton, author and psychologist, it is writing content on the psychology of millennials at work, spending time with people she loves, connecting with and learning from people, delivering top tier brand strategy, writing a book, eating well, exercising, … and as this list shows, the main problem is not figuring our one’s priorities, but actually prioritizing them.

Sustainable businesses can be scaled, but our lives cannot. You can’t just appoint an employee to spend time with your parents. And even if that were acceptable, you probably wouldn’t want to.

We are overloaded with priorities: advancing careers, settling down, finding one’s purpose, do something good. It all seems important. “The result is not wholly doing any of them - and energy burned up in frustration.” The solution to this is prioritization, but how exactly does one do that?

After talking to Thomas Saaty, a researcher on mathematical decision making and professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and going through all his theories, Caroline Beaton figured out four steps that could help you simplify your priorities and act on what matters:

1. Zoom out

Sometimes the way we define our priorities will make us forget about the bigger picture.

Priorities are the gateways to our life values. That's why it's important to understand the actual end goals for each of your priorities, be it health, professional success or relationships.

2. Compare

Surprisingly enough, it can actually be good for you to have countless priorities and not enough time for all of them.

As the “Psychology of Values” explains, “it is in the presence of conflict that values are likely to be activated, to enter awareness, and to be used as guiding principles.”

In the absence of such a conflict, it is easy to lose sight of your values. Whereas a person that has too much to do is practically forced to stop and think about their ultimate goals.
  Conflicting priorities can help you better understand what actually matters to you. And, once you've determined your end goals, you could try organizing them according to what you'd most regret not achieving.

3. Consolidate

According to a famous Harvard paper from the 50s, the maximum amount of one-dimensional elements our brains can process is exactly seven. If the list gets any longer, we begin to make more and more mistakes.

If you are having trouble keeping those hundreds of important things in your head, try to write them all down and then categorize them into seven or fewer values.

If you find some things that don't fall into any of your chosen values or some that float between several values at once, do not hesitate and throw them away.

Once you have done that, try to consolidate your priorities. If you value both health and relationships, for instance, you could organize regular outings with your loved ones where you eat a healthy meal or do sports together.

Integrating your values will help you shorten your to-do list.

4. Plan

Pay attention to the way you word your daily or weekly tasks. Tasks like “write a book” or “lose 20 kg” might sound too daunting to actually start doing anything.

Try to break your end goal into “sub-goals”, tasks that can be realistically completed within a short amount of time (a day, a week), and hold yourself accountable for each of those tasks.

If you still feel overwhelmed after trying to eliminate or consolidate your priorities, review your schedule. Try to plan less urgent things later in time and focus on more urgent priorities.

Many millennials are plagued by anxiety that they won’t accomplish everything they want to or could do. Truth is, we always have time for a few important things. But we definitely don’t have time for everything. “By determining our values, comparing them side-by-side, eliminating the ones that don’t measure up and then planning the execution of those that do, our priorities become clearer and simpler.”
Original article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinebeaton/2016/05/31/gen-y-overwhelm-4-steps-to-simplify-your-priorities/
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Coach Introduction: Petra Peres
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Petra's professional passion is all about developing young people. She focuses in particular on discussing issues relating to leadership, values and purpose and, thus, contributing to a new understanding of sustainably successful cooperation within companies.

After spending some time abroad in the USA and Australia, she began her career at a European logistics start-up in Frankfurt. She was fascinated by the responsibility of being an entrepreneur and building a business. After three successful years of development, it was time for something new, something different. Thus, she moved to the DB group, more precisely to rail transport. After several positions in sales and strategy, she headed European marketing as Vice President of Customer & Sales Policy for 8 years.

She was responsible for creating sales concepts for major European companies such as BASF, BMW and Tata Steel, as well as for the integration of new subsidiaries.
  Apart from overcoming systemic hurdles, employee integration often presented the greatest challenge. Achieving success in today's world is only possible if the management approach is both future-oriented and issue-driven, with flat hierarchies to effectively meet future market challenges.

One of her dreams came true at the beginning of 2017 when she was awarded a degree in viticulture from the University of Geisenheim. Wine growers also have to make quick decisions in a complex, often uncertain environment and deal with constantly changing conditions - very similar to the lives of many managers.

Since 2016, Petra exchanged the manager's chair for the more unsettled life of a trainer and consultant. Since then, she has been working worldwide for corporations and large to medium-sized companies, primarily in the development of (potential) executives and in organizational consulting.

Petra presently lives in the Rheingau and is able to indulge her private passions around food and wine as well as rowing and cycling. A perfect compensation for travel-intensive working weeks.

Petra Peres is offering coaching sessions in both German and English. Contact us to book an appointment with her!
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