Tip Tuesday // Time Blocking
Time blocking will save your life, or at least it will save your to do list. If you feel like your tasks are getting ahead of you and you’re getting overwhelmed, try out time blocking your tasks. I use the app Pomodoro Time Pro (don’t worry, there is a free version) to track how long it takes for me to get work done. So let’s back up, what is a pomodoro? The Pomodoro Technique was created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato. Literally, he used a tomato timer as a time management tool. The Pomodoro Technique wants you to work in 25 minute intervals with a five minute break in between each interval (you can choose to skip the five minute breaks if you like). The point of time tracking is we usually overestimate how long it takes to get work done. We think a task will take two hours but it may take under 30 minutes. It’s almost a game of beating the clock to see if you can get the work done in the shortest amount of time. BUT don’t rush for the sake of rushing. Work smartly the first time around so you don’t have to redo your work.
I use the pomodoro app to also track how long it takes to read tabs open on my browser. I tend to have too many things open and I give myself one or two pomodoros to get through them. The most important thing is doing just ONE TASK during an interval. If you finish your task before the timer is up, stop the clock, take a little break, and then more on to your next task with a freshly started pomodoro. You can download a free app for your computer or phone, or even get a physical timer in case you think you will forget to set your timer before your start work.