Timeboxing (or Time Boxing, Time-boxing) is a simple productivity improvement technique that sets a specific amount of time to do a job. Time is such an abstract concept that we have a hard time seeing it as a limited resource, like water in a tank or money in your pocket. A Time Box can help you visualize time as a limited resource and retrain your brain to make the most of it.
Here’s how Timeboxing works:
1. Pick a task you want to work on.
2. Set a specific amount of time to work on the selected task.
3. Stop working on it when the allocated time has elapsed.
It sounds simple, but you can learn a lot by following this four-step process. The last step, “Re-evaluate,” is the most critical and you should pay careful attention to it:
• If you finished your task, great, you are done. Reward yourself with a break and then move on to the next task.
• If the allocated time wasn’t enough to complete your task, spend some time re-evaluating and try to understand what went wrong. Ask yourself:
Did I allocate reasonable time to execute this task?
Was my estimate wrong? Why?
Did I waste too much time with distractions? Which distractions? What can I do to avoid them?
Did I try to do too much? What should be eliminated? How can I trim my task?
Was I too perfectionist? Should I be more realistic?
See how you can learn a lot and tune yourself to be more productivity with this simple 4-step process? It’s just a matter of realizing that time is a limited resource and you have to learn how to make the most of it.
GoalEnforcer Hyperfocus 2012 introduces a new built-in Timeboxing Timer control that can help you visualize a “Time Box” and easily implement the 4-step Time Boxing method mentioned above. In order to activate the Time Boxing control, navigate to the Hyperfocus Zone and click the Time Boxing button on the bottom toolbar.
Download a free GoalEnforcer Hyperfocus demo and start playing with the Timeboxing Timer today!