Today I want to share my top 3 techniques for productivity and laser focus
Forget about to do lists, calendar blocking is future. What is it about? Essentially, you take your google calendar and block out chunks of time for specific tasks and to coordinate the day. For example, I know for writing ugly first draft I need 2 hours. So I block on calendar “writing on Friday from 10-12 am.”
How to do it? I use Google calendar, but you can use proper planer.
Start by adding start/ end times
When you wake up and when you plan go to bed. Add those time first, so you know how much time in a day you have left.
Add routines & activities
How much time you are commte? Are you meditating? Going to the gym? Add those time here. Every routine counts. Is every Friday movie night? Add it. Your reports needs to be done by Friday? Add it here.
Also, I recommend every Sunday, you can review your week and see how was it.
You can colour code everything (my recommendation) and google has raecurring events, so it is easier for you. I’d recommend you to put some buffer time between different tasks.
You can go a step further and use time blocking. Time-blocking adds a few more advanced elements and asks a little more specific questions in how you spend your time. Mike from Productivityist has a article on this.
After calendar blocking, my second favourite productivity tick is batching. Batching is the act of grouping similar tasks together, so you do them all at once. If I am writing ugly, first draft, it means I am writing. It doesn’t mean, I am writing, editing and publishing. On other days I do those tasks. Later in a day, I answer e-mails, or create social media posts. For brainstorming, I block time in a day when I just scribble what comes to mind. Which brings me to my third favourite tool
3. Pomodoro technique
Pomodoro technique is developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Usually, you decide on what task you want to work on. Work on it for 25 min, end when the timer rings and put a check mark on a piece of paper and take a short break (3 to 5 minutes). After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15-30 min), reset your check mark to zero and do it all again.
A pomodoro is indivisible; when interrupted during a pomodoro, either the other activity must be recorded and postponed or the pomodoro must be abandoned.
Specific cases should be handled with common sense: If you finish a task while the Pomodoro is still ticking, the following rule applies: If a Pomodoro begins, it has to ring. It’s a good idea to take advantage of the opportunity for overlearning, using the remaining portion of the Pomodoro to review or repeat what you’ve done, make small improvements, and note what you’ve learned until the Pomodoro rings.
What are your favourite techniques? Add your recommendation below.
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