Timeboxing: A Simple Time Management Hack

August 5, 2021

Jen Shomin

It doesn’t matter who you are in this world (your title, status, salary, etc.) - we ALL have just 24 hours in a day. That’s it! No more, no less. But what you choose to do with it, is what makes each of us different. For someone like me, managing that time can be incredibly overwhelming. 

I have struggled with ADD, time management, and procrastination from an early age, and to be quite honest, I still struggle with it. My husband lovingly reminds me. “Try not to over-book yourself!” or “You always pack your days so full!” 

I always say to myself “I can make it work, I can do it!” But then end up draining myself of all my energy. I needed to find a better way to manage my time. 

Between YouTube, Google, and (of course) TikTok, I found a few tools and processes that not only helped me with my time management but also significantly reduced my anxiety.  

The process that has helped me the most is something called Timeboxing/Timeblocking. An example of a timebox is below.

You can also watch this quick 3-minute Youtube video: 

Now, I’m no Elon Musk, but this simple process was a game changer! You start by writing (brain dumping) all of the tasks and events you need to get done, AKA your “to do” list. From that list, you pick the top 3 priorities that you MUST get done that day. Then, you proceed to assign a time to a task that you wish to get done that day. Simple right? IT WORKS. You can even take it one step further and copy the list you made for the day into your preferred calendar on your phone. I time block 10 minutes in the morning (after I fill mine out) to put the tasks and times in my Google Calendar so I have it with me (and get notifications on my phone). 

Planning helps with anxiety, but the other tip I’m going to give you is to remain flexible. Things come up and your schedule may not go exactly how you wrote it in the morning, and that’s okay! It doesn’t mean that you failed the day. Adjust, be flexible, and see if timeboxing can help you!

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