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How To Master Timeboxing For Increased Productivity

Caroline Dougoud
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Timeboxing helps people manage their time better and maximize their productivity.

What is Timeboxing

  • Timeboxing is the concept of giving yourself a certain amount of time for a certain task.

How to Use Timeboxing

  • Parkinson’s Law: Time expands with the task at hand
    • Set a deadline and get it done.
  • Use a Timer
    • Start off with short time frames and minimize distractions to stay focused.
  • Calendar Blocking
    • Account for breaks, time off, and work, so you do not overload your schedule.
  • Control Your Time
    • Choose how much time you spend on a given task and orient tasks around yourself and your day.

How to Master Timeboxing

  • Calendar Blocking: Balance fewer high-focus blocks with several low-focus blocks.
  • Add To-Dos to Calendar Blocking: Combine recurring to-dos with individual to-dos.
  • Determine How Much Time a Task Requires: Try to lower the time for each task to gradually work faster and increase productivity.
  • Always Set a Timer: A visible time crunch encourages productivity.
  • No Interruptions: Eliminate phone use, email notifications, and other distractions.
  • Use the Pomodoro Technique: Work for twenty-five minutes and break for five minutes.
  • Get an Accountability Buddy: Ensure you follow through on your good intentions.
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