The Value of Self-tracking and the Added Value of Coaching in the Case of Improving Time Management

  • Viktoria PammerEmail author
  • Marina Bratic
  • Sandra Feyertag
  • Nils Faltin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9307)


We report two 6-week studies, each with 10 participants, on improving time management. In each study a different interventions was administered, in parallel to otherwise regular work: In the self-tracking setting, participants used only an activity logging tool to track their time use and a reflective practice, namely daily review of time use, to improve time management. In the coaching setting, participants did the same, but additionally received weekly bilateral coaching. In both settings, participants reported learning about time management. This is encouraging, as such self-directed learning is clearly cheaper than coaching. Only participants in the coaching setting however improved their self-assessment with respect to predefined time management best practices.


Time management Workplace learning Activity logging Time tracking Self-tracking Personal informatics Quantified self Coaching 



This work was partially funded under the FP7 of the European Commission (project number 257617). The Know-Center is funded within the Austrian COMET Program - Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies - under the auspices of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth and by the State of Styria. COMET is managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viktoria Pammer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marina Bratic
    • 2
  • Sandra Feyertag
    • 2
  • Nils Faltin
    • 3
  1. 1.Knowledge Technologies InstituteGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  2. 2.Know-CenterGrazAustria
  3. 3.IMC AGSaarbrückenGermany

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