Organize my Mind - Week One
Ask your boss to give you a duty cycle: 90 minutes on, 30 minutes off. This isn’t going to cost your employer anything — your productivity will be enhanced to the degree that I predict you’ll get more done on this schedule than the one you currently have. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Come up with some reasonable measure of your productivity — the number of social media “likes” or “reposts” you get in a day and compare the two working systems.
Daniel Levitin, author of THE ORGANIZED MIND
What’s the deal?
This week my goal is to work on my time management in accordance with Daniel’s first tip. My schedule is not always reliable, so while it was not feasible to work on a 90 minutes on/30 minutes off cycle – I was able to adapt something similar. I had read about the Pomodoro Technique which uses a similar 25 minutes on/5 minutes off cycle and decided that this would be a great way to try and improve my efficiency and provide me a bit more flexibility to work around meetings and appointments.
Did it work?
So far so good! The simple act of breaking my time into cycles not only made the day seem more manageable but it gave me the ability to tackle certain “tasks” instead of frantically trying to do everything at once. I felt in control of my workload and was honestly pleasantly surprised each time the 25 minutes was up and I got to take a 5 minute breather! In full disclosure I acutally downloaded a timer for my computer that tracks your Work/Break cycle which I found hugely helpful. Having that little extra reminder helped keep me focused and I found it easier to say no to the distractions that are constantly popping up. Applying basic time management skills did not necessarily alter my responsibilities or workload, but it altered my approach to those tasks and allowed me to work smarter instead of harder!
Have you ever tried any useful time management techniques?
Would you try an an On/Off work cycle to help improve your efficiency?