Everything you need to Know about Time Blocking - nTask - Deepstash
Everything you need to Know about Time Blocking - nTask

Everything you need to Know about Time Blocking - nTask

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Everything you need to Know about Time Blocking - nTask

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What is Time Blocking?

  • Time blocking is a time management technique.
  • This type of time tracking requires that you divide your day into defined slots or chunks of time. 
  • Each block of time is dedicated to completing a specific task 
  • When you manage your time in this way you are ensuring your work gets complete,
  •  And ensures you are just doing one task at a time and not multitasking
  • This also means that you will not have to decide what to focus on.
  •  You will not be making constant choices about spending your time but simply following a time blocked schedule.

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  • This method of time management is designed for focus. 
  • You are effectively guarding against distraction.
  • A study conducted in 2010 by Harvard psychologists, found that people spend 46.9% of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing.
  • With such time management,
  •  you don’t just know what you have to get done but also when you have to get it done.

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There are certain variations of this time management method that are worth considering.

Some of the most common types include: day theming, task batching, and time boxing. Let’s go over each briefly.

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1. Day Theming

  • This type of time management is a great way for somebody who has multiple kinds of work to be done.
  • Day theming works by dedicating a day of the week to each responsibility a person has.
  • Dedicating a single day to a particular type of task allows you to create a reliable work pattern 
  • Thus, you limit the cognitive load of context switching.

" A study found that most people average only 3 minutes on a task before they switch to something else."

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2. Task Batching

  • Task batching is when you batch similar tasks together so you can do them all at once.
  • By focusing on like items together you can create a more concentrated workflow
  • give more focus to your work, 
  • and minimize distractions thus allowing you to become more productive.
  • Task batching is effective because it breaks the cycle of context switching and creates structure around chunks of time.
  • This allows you to commit to a particular task without constant interruption and distraction.

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3. Time Boxing

  • Time Boxing follows the idea of allocating a defined amount of time in advance to an activity
  •  And then complete the activity within the time frame you defined.
  • The “time box” that you define ensures that you work efficiently 
  • Because you only have a limited time to complete your task.
  • Timeboxing involves limiting the time you spend on the activity, and hense making you highly efficient 

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Benefits of Time Blocking

  • Encourages you to Reflect on your Priorities
  • Promotes Focused Deep Work
  • Combats Perfectionism and Procrastination
  • Discourages Multitasking
  • It helps you Follow Through on Your Goals
  • You Become Aware of how you Spend your Time
  • It Becomes Easier to say no to certain things

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