Task Management – 01

I’ve been learning a lot about how to manage my time (or tasks rather) more effectively. How do you get more done in a day without causing more stress and still have time for leisure. There are a few things that I personally do and I’ll just be keeping a log here on this site of some of the helpful tips and things I’ve been doing.

  1. Timebox your tasks. Use the pomodoro technique.
    1. Do 50/10 for things like projects, if you can. But sometimes this can be difficult.
    2. Do 25/5 for smaller¬†things like homework or habits that don’t end.
    3. Alternate between difficult and easy pomodoros. For example in order “write book”, “clean out email inbox”, “do homework”, “lift weights”.¬†Hard easy hard easy.
    4. There are many pomodoro timers for your phone. Get one.
  2. Do the most important things in the morning. After you get home from work, you won’t want to do them because you’ll be worn out.
  3. Change your environment. Coffee shop, library, or some other place to keep you away from distractions.
  4. Listen to ambient sound or noise. I listen to thunderstorms or rain + trains. It drowns out the chatter and noise from Starbucks and lets me focus a lot easier.
  5. Mix in easy very short healthy habits between pomodoros such as “drink full glass of water”. Or you can set them up to start the pomodoro instead of using your break time.
  6. Use the S.M.A.R.T. system for goals. More on this in a later post.

Next time, I’ll discuss GTD and the tools I use.

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