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.

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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