Tips To Be More Productive With The Timeboxing Technique

Have you ever prepared a to-do list for the day? With all the responsibilities people face in school, family, and their career every day, the answer is probably yes. Writing down the things you need to do can feel comforting, as it allows you to mentally organize and plan your day in advance. But while a to-do list strategy may work for some people, many are still guilty of leaving the items on their list undone. This assumption is even backed by a research study by IDone. If making a simple to-do list is proving to be ineffective for you, the best thing to do is look for a new or improved method that can help you accomplish more in a day. One productivity hack that you can try is called timeboxing.  

What is timeboxing?

In many ways, timeboxing is similar to making a to-do list, you simply write down your tasks for the day. The difference here is that you add a specific time frame for the goals you set for yourself. For example, if you wish to work on a house project, you can allot 2-3 hours for it in your calendar. The idea is that for the time period you set, you commit yourself to solely doing a certain task. Ideally, you will declare the task as done once the allotted time has elapsed. It is then time to move on to the next task on the list.  

Why is timeboxing effective? 

Timeboxing is a better time-management strategy because it eliminates some of the problems that make a list of to-do items ineffective. In a simple to-do list, you face the risk of listing too many things because you do not take into consideration the amount of time it will take to finish a task. Timeboxing,  on the other hand lets you identify at a glance if the tasks are already unrealistic. Also, the time constraints present in a timeboxing method puts urgency in a task so you are more compelled to work on it. The time set for each tasks also lets you avoid overworking or ignoring other tasks. Aside from increasing focus,  breaking down tasks on several periods also makes a task less overwhelming.

Quick tips about using the timeboxing method:

Estimate the time you need. You need to know how much time you need to finish a certain task so you can set a doable timeboxing calendar. For those who are new to the method, it may be best to start with short time periods for a task.

Avoid distractions. Discipline remains a key factor in any productivity technique. So strengthen your willpower by avoiding urges to do things that keep you away from the task such as checking emails, messages, or procrastination.

Adjust accordingly. You cannot always finish one task within the allotted time and that is fine. However, timeboxing does not come with a rigid rule. Therefore, you adjust your schedule depending on the importance and urgency of a task.

Utilize reminders. Help yourself remember your time limit for each task. You can print the calendar for a visual reminder or set an alarm timer to know when it is time to do the next tasks.

Take breaks.  You have to give yourself time to rest and recharge too. Thus, remember to allot time for breaks in between tasks.

Every day is a gift, they say and we have to make the most of it. Letting one full day go by without accomplishing or finishing anything worthwhile feels like a terrible waste. You can avoid this unfortunate scenario by trying the strategies life coaches and mentors suggest. One technique worth a try is timeboxing. Give it a go and you may just find the key to maximizing your productivity in a day!

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Gain Courage To Free Yourself From Bad Habits: Try These Simple Hacks

You are probably one of the many who starts the year by creating a list of resolutions. You wish and hope for a better year ahead by making a firm decision to break some of your bad habits. These are the habits that keep you from getting that much-needed promotion, from achieving your dream figure, or from getting that much-coveted position.

But we all are aware of the reality that resolutions are likely to be broken. Sometimes, no matter how many self-help books you read or motivational audios you listen, breaking a bad habit is simply hard. Many falls to the lure of succumbing to old toxic ways all too quickly. Sometimes quitting or abandoning your resolutions appear to be the sweeter and easier route to take. But remember the saying that ‘no pain, no gain.’ So before giving up, you may first want to try the simple hacks below:

Recognize the bad behaviors

Bad habits are likely things that you enjoy doing so it may be hard for you to realize how these behaviors are jeopardizing your life. However, the first step in changing a certain behavior is realizing and accepting that you need to let it go because they do more harm than good.

Take small but steady steps

Once you identified the bad habits that are stunting your growth as an individual, it is time to take action! To make the process easier, it is better to take small steps by making slow changes in your habits. For example, If you want to start eating healthier, you may start by reducing soda intake in your diet on your first week. Then for week 2, you may start limiting fatty foods as well. As you go on setting and sticking to small goals, you make the process a lot more doable. At the same time, your confidence to commit to a goal will increase. By taking small but consistent steps, you may one day realize that you have completely erased the bad habit from your lifestyle.

Make a room for failure

Breaking a bad habit is like hitting a high, hard wall so the worst thing you can do is to expect the transition from bad habits to good ones to be easy. You are likely to lose motivation or fail at some point and it is perfectly normal. When you notice your willpower to start a good habit waning, remind yourself that what matters is you do not give up. By making realistic goals, you increase chances of success.

Mind your choice of words

Research has proven that the power of self-affirmation and word-choice will help you say goodbye to old and harmful habits permanently. A 2011 study published by the Journal of Consumer Research reveals the difference of uttering “I don’t” and “I can’t” statements when conditioning good habits. In the said research, one group was asked to use “I don’t “statements while another group used “I can’t” statements to avoid temptations. The study concludes that 8 out of 10 people in the group that used “I don’t” manages to successfully stick to their goals.

Form a support team

Who says you have to do it all by yourself? You can seek the help of the people around you as you try to eliminate a bad habit out of your system. Their support and encouragement may just provide the boost you need to hold on to that resolution.

You probably heard the saying “man is a creature of habit”. The quote emphasizes the importance of fostering good habits in having a more rewarding existence. So do all you can to break free from bad habits to move forward in life and to achieve your full potential.

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