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Timeboxing

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Description

Timeboxing is a well-known time management technique. You can apply it to your personal tasks. To practice it, you must focus on a single task for a period of time, without stopping and avoiding distractions.

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Possible Benefits

  • May improve focus
  • May increase productivity
  • May decrease stress 
  • May improve mood 
  • May boost motivation
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Required Equipment

A timer

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How to Do It

Just follow these simple steps: 

  1. Choose a task. 
  2. Set the time you are going to work on it. 
  3. Set up your workspace. 
  4. Plan the duration of your breaks. 
  5. Work on your task.
  6. Evaluate the results.
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Why it works

  • The attention span has a limit, given the cognitive resources. For this reason, it is better to plan periods of focus and relax. 
  • Each period of time allows us to reach a goal, so the level of stress decreases and the motivation increases. 
  • Avoiding time-wasting behaviors increases productivity.
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Time Commitment

As needed.

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Suggested Frequency

Daily

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Time of Day

Any

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Possible Side Effects

In highly goal-oriented people it may cause anxiety.

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Tips

  • This technique is a little more flexible than the Pomodoro technique. The goal is to adapt to the tasks, not to the time. 
  • Each task needs different "timeboxes," so don't worry. Set the time you think is necessary.
  • If you work for long periods of time, your breaks should also be longer. 
  • Evaluate the results at the end to know how much progress you made on the task.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Improving productivity through more effective time management. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15035350/
  2. Effect of Time Management Training on Anxiety, Depression, and Sleep Quality. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6379615/
  3. Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/smarter-living/productivity-isnt-about-time-management-its-about-attention-management.html
  4. Time management: a realistic approach. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19467489/ 
  5. How to work smarter, not harder. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10568931/
  6. Why Highly Productive People Use 'Time Blocking'. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2017/04/19/why-highly-productive-people-use-time-blocking/#50f7893765e1
  7. Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better. https://books.google.com.co/books?id=d-FYJceblAMC&redir_esc=y
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 Mood  Confidence  Stress  Productivity  Focus  Motivation
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