5 Building Blocks of Work Life Balance: Books by Time Management Pope Lothar Seiwert {Review}

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Lothar Seiwert is considered Germany's time management pope. In the course of his career, however, he has made some turnarounds and contradictions. 5 of his books at a glance.

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Balance between work and leisure

Lothar Seiwert is the “time management pope” in Germany, a successful book author, a sought-after management consultant and speaker.

In his books he always gives many tips on how we can achieve a good balance between work and leisure, performance and quality of life.

Tips from the grand seigneur of time and task management

With his new book “Time to Live”, the “Grand Seigneur of Time and Task Management” is aimed at everyone who feels driven and overwhelmed by everyday life and who can no longer find rest breaks in their free time.

In simple words, with self-checks and many small exercises, Lothar Seiwert teaches you a two-step program for better self-organization and more awareness.

Life leadership for everyone

The goal: to avoid burnout and its preliminary stages, to put more "I" in the foreground, to push more "foreign expectations" into the background.

With “Life Leadership”, Seiwert overwrites the first part of his book. What is meant is consistent time management that helps you to separate the important from the unimportant and to make sensible use of your life time.

Once inventory please!

At the beginning, Seiwert asked for a short inventory: With the “Concept the hats of life ”(have paper and pencil ready!) determine the number of your everyday roles, learn how to concentrate on the important ones, remove the unimportant ones and“ throw off mental ballast ”.

Afterwards you will learn how to relax your professional life: set goals and priorities, plan the day properly and identify the time killers - Seiwert explains all this relaxed, interactive and thanks to the many cartoons with a dash of humor in the right place.

The 5 building blocks of the Work Life Balance

The second part of the work-life balance is devoted in short chapters to the areas of life “work”, “body”, “contact”, “values” and “positive attitudes”, which should be in balance.

At the beginning there is an expert interview. The chapters are concluded with handy tips for everyday life, which together can significantly improve the quality of life. For example: “Keep the weekend and your vacation as free as possible from work”.

Colorful Best-of

His book “101 Zeitnah” is also about appointments and life planning, but otherwise falls completely out of the series of his otherwise very detailed management guides.

The pocket-sized paperback is a colorfully illustrated “best-of” collection of tried and tested tips for self-organization.

One handy tip per page

Reading alone is an example of effective time management: There is one handy tip for each page - a total of 101. This includes very pragmatic advice such as "Everything gets its place".

The tips that actually help you never have to search for scissors, punches or rulers are sorted into ten categories: tempo, stress, order, priorities, life balance, values ​​and visions, leisure, simplicity, self-determination and happiness.

There are also original tips that you will not find in any other business book. Are you often invited to a chat by colleagues, which saves you valuable working time? Prevent: “Place a flag next to your PC. If the flag is at half mast, this means: "Please do not disturb".

The opportunity for demographic change

Even after the fall of life we ​​don't need to be afraid according to Seiwert! The grandeigneur of time management does not let fear of demographic change, poverty of old age or the “society of the frail” leave him without comment.

In his book “The New Age-Age” worth reading, he campaigns for more prudence and foresight in the discussion about the impending aging of the Germans.

Against the age-panic-thing

His remedy for the dark prophecies: viable models for business, politics and society in which the terms "old" and "future" harmonize wonderfully.

In which pensioners are not only recipients of public funds and services, but also actively help shape the country. “The best years are yet to come,” says Seiwert, those of the 40-year-old now “and those of our society”.

The dark sides of demographic change

His age book is divided: In the first part, he analyzes the reasons for the progressive aging society. Longer life expectancy due to better infrastructure, medical care and education are also mentioned as well as the reasons for the declining birth rate.

Seiwert does not make the mistake of reducing the problems that lie ahead, such as the holes in the pension funds or the “war of the generations”.

Grufty Horror Picture Show

He takes the fears of those affected seriously (“Grufty Horror Picture Show”), also reports from personal experiences and does not save biting humor: “In 2050 wealthy Namibians will set up sponsorships for needy German pensioners.”

To avert the horror scenarios, the elders must first tackle themselves - before frailty begins. The author describes this in the second part of the book. Wanting to work and being able to work beyond the retirement age is the personal and social responsibility of each individual.

Reconcile a generational contract

Seiwert speaks of the “integral life model”, which uses life experience from the past decades as a “door opener for social positions and positions”. Old people find meaningful and also highly endowed occupations if they get involved, play out their advantages.

The economy sees Seiwert as being obliged to set the course for this - for example through new working time models, mixed-age teams and more part-time positions. The possibilities for this have long been available. But it also has to be in the minds of all those responsible: "Pro aging instead of anti aging: getting old is a goal that is beautiful and worth striving for."

With the Tiger strategy to be more successful

With “The Tieger Strategy”, Seiwert reveals his 5 principles of success: Accompany the fearful Tiger Ravi, who gradually learns (and you with him) what is important if he wants to become a strong and feared “master hunter”.

“The Tiger Strategy” is Lothar Seiwert's most personal book to date. As in the bear strategy, Seiwert uses the shape of the fable - and makes the topic of “becoming successful” particularly vivid. Awaken the tiger in you! The time management pope also shows exactly how this works: for the first time he is presenting the principles of success that have made him successful.

5 key principles to success

They are 5 key principles, which he has made both with himself and with other successful persons:

  • Clarity,
  • Force,
  • Fighting spirit
  • Concentration and
  • Consequence. Packed in an intuitive fable, Seiwert shows how you can advance your own success.

Get out of the comfort zone

In essence, there are two messages that Seiwert gives us.

  1. The first is: “If you don't ensure your success yourself, you don't deserve it - the strength is in you!”
  2. And the second, perhaps more important one: "Those who venture into the jungle are rewarded with prey."

So: Get out of the comfort zone, take your destiny into your own hands!

Papiertiger or still Powertiger?

Nice: As in the bear strategy, there is also a self-test to determine the location. Find out whether you belong to the "paper tigers", "cuddly tigers" or "power tigers".

This also applies to his next book “Time is life, life is time”: Lothar Seiwert, the ex-time management pope, is becoming a life guide. His new book contains the most important thing about self-discovery and self-organization. It compresses the current knowledge and the most useful exercises and tests. A useful book!

A big promise

Seiwert tackles the topic from two sides and brings together basically two full-fledged books in one. The first book is: How do I find life (and as a part of it, the job) that fits my abilities and inclinations?

A big promise, but one that the professional Seiwert lives up to very well. By showing up what has rank and name. It offers a short version of the Reiss Profile test, the “Chara” test and many other questions and exercises that help with the classification and systematization of personal skills and preferences.

If you do not stress yourself, no one will stress you

This is not new. But rarely so compact and well-structured in a book gathered. Lothar Seiwert curates the best of many years of experience here with a sure hand. His motto is: dealing with stress is not determined by the stressors, but by everyone

In the second part, which is printed “upside down”, so that you have to turn the book over and read it from behind (an unnecessary gag that the great book actually doesn't need), Seiwert is again close to “his” topic.

Between superfluous jokes and real life philosophy

But, of course, it is no longer about classical time management, but about life-philosophical questions in dealing with time. Well here, too, the many tried and tested tests (with a few questions you can doubtless find out whether you belong to the (night) owls or to the early birds.

Actually harmless. But if you have a job as a night owl, where he has to leave early, he will never be happy. Very extensive and well also the analysis of the stressors.

For all those who are facing a reorientation

Whereby Seiwert no longer differentiates between eustress and distress. He is only interested in the type of “coping”, ie dealing with stress. Because, according to Seiwert, you can learn not to be stressed out by stress.

“Time is life, life is time” is a book that everyone who reads that they are on the wrong track (or on the hamster wheel or on the train to nowhere) will read at a profit.

Methods to find answers to the important questions

Who is in the subject of time and self-management and - coaching firm, will indeed discover a lot of known, but still be surprised by the density and quality of the tests and exercises presented here.

The whole is very well structured, very vividly written and graphically prepared, so that even the fast reading the most important things hang. Above all, however, Seiwert poses all the fundamental questions posed by people facing a reorientation. And he provides the methods and exercises with which he enables his readers to find answers to these questions.

Conclusion: Unrestrained approach and thousands of pages of knowledge

Seiwert is relaxed about the topics of “self-organization”, “time management” and “mindfulness”. It is fun to read his books and is extremely motivating - this applies to the housewife as well as to the manager in a large company.

Above all, his “101 Zeitnah” is the 5-minute book for better self-organization. Briefly formulated and lovingly illustrated, Seiwert gets to the point of how you can better organize your job and your life with small tricks. To give away or read for yourself.

His book on aging is exciting: Unequivocally, Seiwert demands a social renewal that no longer sees aging as a blemish. His future models are absolutely convincing. But before that, there must be social change in mind, especially in the minds of the elderly themselves. The book could make an important contribution.

“The Tieger Strategy” is a nice book to read and give away. Seiwert shows what is important if you want to do more with your life. A clear reading tip for everyone who has the courage to take their fate into their own hands.

So his last book is in the list of 300 pages of compressed knowledge. A lot of wisdom, a lot of experience and a lot of expert knowledge have flowed into this book. “Time is life, life is time. Solving the problems with time ”is therefore recommended to everyone who is ready for new ways. This book will guide you to explore new terrain (inside and outside).

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  1. Ursula Rosengart

    Time management for life - Exciting contributionzJ3HNd3BKJ

  2. Lothar Seiwert

    Thanks for the tip.

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