Time is Money: Popular Time Management Techniques Review
Over the last years the art of time management gains popularity. Why so? The answer is very simple: we want to control our life. No wonder there are plenty of interesting techniques allowing us to properly schedule and manage our time. Let’s take a closer look at some of them!
Author: Francesco Cirillo
What’s the point: you have to work continuously over particular time and alternate the activity with little breaks.
What you need: to-do list, a timer.
How to do it: Set up the timer for 25 minutes. During this period keep it focused on work. This technique is called ‘Pomodoro’ (from Italian – ‘tomato’). On expiration of time make five-minute break and repeat the session. Every four ‘tomato’ (25-minute period) make a long break for 15-30 minutes.
'Eat that frog'
Author: Brian Tracy
What’s the point: you have to distribute your tasks by difficulty and first of all do difficult tasks. This avoids delaying important tasks.
What you need: to-do list.
How to do it: Primarily you have to make a to-do list. Mark each paragraph with letters from A to D (A, B, C, D etc.) in order to define the importance of job. Consequently the letter ‘A’ references the most important tasks and the letter ‘D’ (or any other letter; it depends on how long your list is) references some insignificant matters which are easy to do. Always start your work with ‘A’- tasks. Only after the task is completed, start ‘B’-tasks and so on.
The Eisenhower Matrix
Author: Stephen Covey
What you need: to-do list, a table.
What’s the point: this method helps to prioritize tasks into 4 categories, so you can to focus the most attention on the performance of “urgent” and “important” tasks.
How to do it: At first, draw a table and divide it into four squares. Name each one of them as follows: the horizontal – “urgent” and “non-urgent”, the vertical – “important” and “unimportant”. Now you have four squares defining the priority of issues. Write your tasks by these categories. You have to focus your attention only on categories “urgent” and “important”. A recipe for success is to keep all tasks out from the category “urgent”.
Author: Jason Womack
What you need: a list of insignificant tasks and all the things needed for its completion.
What's the point: make a list of small tasks for which you often have no time. Be ready to do them when there will be a chance.
How to do it: Make a small list of insignificant tasks which you can do for approximately 15 minutes per day. It can be non-urgent or secondary tasks. Prepare all the things needed for their implementation. For example, if you want to listen a lecture – save the record on the phone and etc.
As soon as you have free time - during a ride in an automobile, waiting in the café and etc. – embark on your list of insufficient tasks. Don’t forget add the list with new issues.
Author: Craig Ballantyne
What you need: learn the formula of daily sleeping schedule and comply with it. Good night’s sleep is a recipe for success and productive day.
How to do it: just learn the simple formula: in 10 hours before bedtime – don’t drink caffeine, in 3 hours before the bedtime – don’t eat and drink alcohol, in 2 hours before bedtime – no work, in 1 hour before bed time – no electronic gadgets, 0 times – push the button ‘repeat’ on your alarm clock.
10 Minutes Technique
What’s the point: every day permanently over a long period of time try to devote 10 minutes for issues you usually have no time.
What you need: comprehensive plan, 10 minutes per day.
How to do it: First of all, frame a plan in which describe all necessary steps to do a task. Break each one of them into small subtasks. A small subtask is much easier to do, isn’t it? Every day devote 10 minutes to one of these subtasks. Continue to do it daily without exceptions and excuses and soon you’ll see firstlings of your work. Step-by-step increase the time devoted to subtasks: at first - 10 minutes per day, than 15 minutes per day, 20 minutes per day and etc.