Time Blocking and Time Boxing to Get the Right Things Done
How do you make time for important projects or tasks that need attention now? How do you stop working on a project once it meets the required standard, rather than waste time perfecting it? Time Blocking and Time Boxing are two planning techniques that you can use separately, but complement each other. Time Blocking is making time for a project. It hones your focus to meet the highest quality standards. Time Boxing is limiting the amount of time you spend on a project. It pushes you to complete a project that meets acceptable standards.
Scheduling a time block goes beyond making a to-do list. It tells you when exactly you will do a task, in what context and under what circumstances, and for how long. It encourages you to take deliberate action steps and to block out distractions and interruptions.
Time Boxing helps you to stay within scope, avoid perfectionism, and finish and deliver a project on time. It puts time constraints on projects that tend to take too long to complete. It takes advantage of Parkinson's law, which states that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion. Having a cut-off time to stop working on a task makes you more mindful of the value you bring, rather than the hours you put in.
A timebox can be as short as 15 minutes to several months, depending on the activity or project. One project might take one or two steps, while another requires hundreds of steps. A timebox has project milestones, deadlines and deliverables.
- The Pomodoro Technique, a popular method for time blocking
- How time blocks help you do deep work, improve your ability to focus, and make progress on the right things at the right pace for the relevant deadlines
- The core problem with the billable hour model
- How time boxes help you to be more efficient, intentional and results-oriented
- Francesco Cirillo, The Pomodoro Technique: The Acclaimed Time-Management System That Has Transformed How We Work
- Cal Newport, Deep Work (Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World)
- Sebastian Brian Mehr
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