Timeboxing is a neat little hack that can have a massive impact on your productivity & profitability. Stop those time-sink activities that consume your valuable productive time.
The principles are simple - the application takes a little practice.
Read that again - that sentence encapsulates how you measure the value you get from adopting timeboxing.
Additionally, timeboxing slays Parkinson's Law - "tasks expand to fill the time available".
Who would enjoy timeboxing?
If you thrive on deadlines & deliver best under pressure, you will love timeboxing!
Or maybe you prefer to start planning your work well in advance, & allocate enough time to complete a deliverable before the deadline looms like an avalanche? You, too, will enjoy timeboxing.
How to timebox - use the template
Brilliant for checking emails and social media, or for those pesky little admin tasks you hate.
Download the template here.
Timeboxing allows me to allocate short 15-minute boxes to filing, until it's all done for the week - 2 to 3 boxes per week is usually adequate. Easy & simple, and my eyebrows remain intact.
A more complex option is to choose the task, allocate some timeboxes, and set a maximum number of hours you will work on it for the day or week. This works well when I want to draw up a training programme, or work on my social media marketing.
So I may allocate 1-hour boxes, to a maximum of 6 boxes per week, to a complex task.
At the start of each timebox period, set your timer; at the end of the timebox period, stop working on that task.
Then do something else, another task, or a coffee break, or rest. Then pick up the next task/timebox combination.
Review your productivity levels periodically - you will be impressed with how much you get done with this technique.
Leveraging your timeboxing skills
Remember to timebox your research and rest breaks, as well.
The idea is not to stuff your workday to the hilt with deliverables; you're actually looking to increase your productivity through timeboxing, to free up more of your time for other things.
Let me know what you think in the comments, and share your timeboxing experiments.