I’ve started using the timeboxing method for managing my seemingly never ending to-do list. I have to say it’s a great way to get things done if you have a perfectionist streak in you.
I estimate the amount of time it should take me to complete something (it can be a small part of a larger task), start the timer and work on it and ONLY it until the time is up.
Two great tools that I use are this countdown timer that runs in a browser tab:
and this distraction free writing environment (if applicable):
Next up to try is RescueTime. I’ve known about it for a while now, but I’ve just not gotten around to checking it out. If you are using it, I’d love to hear what you think.
Only so many hours in a day…
APP = Accountability, Purpose, Priority
These are three things that I’ve found critical to have when trying to get things done. Really, this goes for personal productivity and team productivity.
Accountability – You need to have someone that holds you accountable to doing the things you commit to doing. This could be your spouse, a business partner, a friend, a co-worker, etc. Find someone that will hold you accountable.
Purpose – You have to have a purpose for doing things, and that purpose should be clearly defined and stated/published somewhere. Being reminded often of the purpose for doing something helps to keep you focused.
Priority – How important is something compared to other things you want to do? Without priorities, you’ll flounder and jump from half finished item, to half finished item.
Purpose and Priority are also good ways to evaluate whether or not you should work on something at a given time. It’s easy to let “something cool” or “something new” steal your attention. If the purpose for you doing something is not clear and it doesn’t take priority over other items, don’t work on it.
In trying to really stay focused and get more things done, these are a few of the things I’ve realized I need. I also have a new filing system I’ll share soon, that some of you may find useful as well.