Week 5, 2020 - Timeboxing

From Wikipedia:

In time management, timeboxing allocates a fixed time period, called a timebox, within which planned activity takes place. It is employed by several project management approaches and for personal time management.

I learned Timeboxing from Marc Zao-Sanders ‘s article1. He believe that To-Do lists don’t work2 because:

  • First, they overwhelm us with too many choices.
  • Second, we are naturally drawn to simpler tasks which are more easily accomplished.
  • Third, we are rarely drawn to important-but-not-urgent tasks, like setting aside time for learning.
  • Fourth, to-do lists on their own lack the essential context of what time you have available.
  • Fifth, they lack a commitment device, to keep us honest.

Here are an article I find useful to implement your own timeboxing strategy.

At last, an interesting piece:

Parkinson’s law flippantly states that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

A corollary of this observation in practice is that we often spend more time on a task than we should, influenced by the time that happens to be available (circumstantial) rather than how long the work should really take (objective).