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P utting it simply, time boxing is the most effective time management tool that I know of . Even if you already know and use it to some extent, there is a good chance that you can make it even better with some of the tips that follow. For those new to it, time boxing is simply fixing a time period to work on a task or group of tasks . Instead of working on a task until it’s done, you commit to work on it for a specific amount of time instead.
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Figuring out the smartest places to store your stuff is time well spent—mostly because it results in time you don't spend cleaning. Here are 10 smart storage solutions for your excess cords, shoes, spices, and all kinds of computer stuff. Photo via Instructables . 10. Make Your Shoes Float
Following on the idea of the procrastination dash and Jeff’s progressive dash , I’ve been experimenting with a squirelly new system to pound through my procrastinated to-do list. Brace yourself, because it is a bit more byzantine than is Merlin 2005’s newly stripped-down habit. It’s called (10+2)*5 , and today it will save your ass. Who it’s for procrastinators the easily distracted compulsive web-surfers people with a long list of very short tasks (a/k/a “mosquitos”) people having trouble chipping away at very large tasks
Dwayne Melancon over at Genuine Curiosity has a post today about his “love it and hate it” attitude to David Allen’s Getting Things Done time management system. He writes… As a long-time Getting Things Done (GTD) follower, I love it and I hate it. I love it because it’s simple, powerful, and flexible. I hate it because it’s too flexible.
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Since my last post about the power of 48 minutes , I’ve been testing different combinations of focused work time. I’ve tried 40, 45, 48, and 50 minute intervals and they all work well for long projects. The main consideration is having a good work area, some kind of timer , and a beverage warmer for coffee or tea. The ability to focus for a straight period of time is dependent on keeping the distractions to a minimum.
Timeboxing is a simple time management technique I use often. I first learned about it in software development terms. Let’s say you have a fixed deadline for a new product you need to release, such as an annual upgrade to software for calculating income taxes. You must have a new version ready by a certain date.
Given a task, there are essentially two ways we can approach it. Either, we can work as hard as we can until it is “done” or we can fix the amount of time we have available and do the “best” we can. The latter approach is known as “ Time boxing “. Time boxing is a very simple technique we often use in software development. It is an effective technique for tracking progress and simply getting things done.
S CAMPER is a technique you can use to spark your creativity and help you overcome any challenge you may be facing. In essence, SCAMPER is a general-purpose checklist with idea-spurring questions — which is both easy to use and surprisingly powerful. It was created by Bob Eberle in the early 70s, and it definitely stood the test of time. In this posting, I present a complete SCAMPER primer, along with two free creativity-boosting resources: a downloadable reference mind map and an online tool that generates random questions to get you out of a rut whenever you need.
Hello, We launched Ta-da List back in January of 2005 so everyone could have a fast and free to-do list app in their web browser. There wasn't much out there that was good in 2005. My, how things have changed. Now there are dozens and dozens of great free to-do list apps on the web and dozens more on the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone.
A few weeks ago I set out to reform my towering pile of papers . It was an overwhelming catastrophe. When I gathered all of the papers together, they buried my dining table. The problems were clear: I saved too many cards and letters, and I had not dealt with incoming papers that should have been tossed sooner. The grand theme for this makeover was: Why do I still have this?
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