3 Time Management Techniques You Need To Know
There comes a time in everyone’s life where procrastination is no longer an option. With the powerful time management techniques on this list, you can be sure that your to-do list will get shorter and your productivity will increase.
Let’s get into it. Here are 3 time management techniques everyone needs to know.
Time Management Techniques
The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro technique is one of the most popular time management techniques. Put simply the technique involves dividing your work into short sessions with mini breaks in between. The reason this technique works so well is that it helps keep you focused throughout your work session. Let’s get into detail on the steps you need to take to use this method:
- First things first, remove all distractions
- Select a task that you want to focus on for this session
- Set the timer for the recommended time of 25 mins.
- Stay focused on your task till the timer ends.
- Take a short 5 min break
- Every 4 intervals take longer breaks of 20 to 30 mins.
- Repeat as many times as necessary till your task is complete.
(If you need a digital Pomodoro timer you can find one here.)
Eat that frog
Eat that frog is one of the less commonly used time management techniques, however, it is very effective. The key concept behind the ‘eat that frog’ method is to complete the most important tasks of your day first. The reason this works so well is that we have the most motivation when we first wake up in the morning. By completing the most challenging task first, we leave less room to make excuses as to why we can’t finish it later, which of course increases our productivity. The steps you need to take are the following:
- Make a list of all the tasks you need to complete throughout the day
- Identify the most unpleasant and challenging tasks (frogs).
- First thing in the morning, eat that frog!
The Seinfeld Method
Jerry Seinfeld is best known for being one of the most successful comedians of all time. One of his productivity secrets to achieving his amazing success is the Seinfeld method. What this method basically involves is getting a great big calendar and for every day that you complete the task that you need to do, you can put a big X on that day. The reason this works is that after a few weeks you will see a chain that you would not want to break. It takes willpower out of the picture since all you have to do is not break that chain. Here is my suggestion for how you can best carry out the Seinfeld method.
- Get a calendar, put it up somewhere you can clearly see it
- For every important daily task, you need to do, associate it with a letter (e.g. Gym can be G)
- Each day you complete that task write the letter on the calendar for that day
- After a few days/ weeks, you will start to see a chain.
- Don’t break that chain!