Don’t Seem to Have Enough Time? Try This!
Used across a variety of fields and disciplines, timeboxing is an effective and efficient time management strategy used by many Expert Authors to balance article writing with other tasks.
Simply put: Timeboxing allots a period of time for a task or activity.
Seems simple enough, right? It is, but timeboxing involves motivation, dedication, and even flexibility.
By giving yourself a limited amount of time to complete a specific task, you create a sense of urgency. These deadlines provide added incentive as well as the ability to over-deliver while maintaining efficiency.
In short: Timeboxing gets things done.
The process is simple! Here’s how to incorporate timeboxing into your daily efforts:
- Ready? Decide on the amount of time to dedicate to a task. For example, you might allot two hours to draft an article, 20 minutes of editing, and another 10 minutes for finishing touches. Use this timesheet (PDF) to help track tasks by recording when it should be done and for how long.
- Set? Get a timer and set it to an appropriate time amount. As you begin to feel comfortable with timeboxing, challenge yourself by creating a soft deadline that is less than the time you allotted. Strive to do more in less time.
- Go! Start the timer and focus on performing the task by eliminating distractions. Try using white noise generators to keep out noise or listen to music if it’s not distracting. Turn off your phone and notifications. Bottom line: Give yourself a completely distraction-free zone.
- Time’s Up! Pencils down, heads up. Stop your task and review your work. Did you finish? If not, why? Plan for it in the future by refining the process each time – strive for better value in less time.
- Incentivize! When your task is complete, reward yourself. Rewards come in many forms: It may be that sense of pride you gain from crossing off a task, taking a break, or rewarding yourself with a treat or luxury. Creating an incentive will help you strive to do better and be faster in the future. Finishing is always more rewarding than procrastinating, so celebrate!
Timeboxing helps you train to gain enhanced focus. It encourages you to break tasks down into smaller chunks and perform them in short bursts – anywhere from minutes to hours. The alternative? Putting off “far away” deadlines at the end of the week, the month, the quarter, or even the year.
Those who have reported using the timeboxing technique stated their writing amount doubled because the motivation helped them concentrate and perform on their own terms. Increase your chances at success by giving the timeboxing strategy a try!
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Pair timeboxing with other strategies for added success and efficiency to become an unstoppable force.