Week 5, 2020 - Timeboxing
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.
- 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).