Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Time Management: 15 Minute Increments Is NOT Long Enough


The other day, I wrote an article about time management. I compared the management of time, and its related tasks, to circuit training. Essentially, one spends a few minutes at one station and then moves to the next. For me, this meant five minutes on each task. Unfortunately, five minutes was not enough.

I then decided to try 15 minutes. It seemed long enough to get some work done, but short enough to fight my natural procrastination tendencies. Today, I find that even fifteen minutes is not quite enough. Don't get me wrong, it's a lot better than five, but by the time I really start to make progress on the task, my time is up.

As of this article, I am going to increase my time block from fifteen to thirty minutes. Hopefully, this will put me closer to the sweet spot.

I imagine the human body and its 8 hours of sleep. According to Wikipedia, R.E.M. sleep accounts for 20-25% of a night's rest. This stage of sleep is typically short but powerful. It is where muscles are repaired and the brain rejuvenates. Similar to sleep, I imagine the dynamic power of task sprints (short but intense). There will be a lull at the beginning, which is to be expected during a transition, but the latter half should result in good focused effort.

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What do you think? Have you done something similar? How did it work out for you? Let me know in the comment section below.

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