It’s fine to use your own shorthand to write to-do lists as long as you can decipher it later. Consider doodling quick images to get your message across.
One study found that words are more likely to stick in our memories if we draw pictures of them instead of writing them down. Doing so also forces you to think them through ahead of time.
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Time-blocking consists of assigning individual tasks to manageable time slots.
Instead of writing out short tasks alongside hours-long tasks on your list for the day and hoping you have enough time to tackle it all, this approach lets you set realistic goals for yourself one task at a time.
To set reasonable goals make a list for high-energy days and another for when you are reluctant to work. Both lists should follow an “if/then” model.
The first lists should have the more involved tasks, while the second list should feature more mindless tasks like cleaning out your inbox, organizing your desk, or even napping.
The wall of fame for the best time management techniques
Based on our research, testing and opinions of productivity experts, here are the best time management techniques you need to know:
• SMART Goals
• The Eisenhower Matrix / The Eisenhower box
• Kanban Board
• Do Deep Work / Avoid Half-Work or Shallow Work
• The Pomodoro Technique
• 7 Minute Life
• Do it now
• Pareto Analysis, 20/80
• Rapid planning method
Now let's dive deep into each one of them.
Some of the best time management techniques are simple and straightforward, others a little bit complex, but all of them can actually be easily implemented into daily practice.
We decided to provide you with:
Time commitment to get started: Low
Type: Visual, Tactile
Perfect for people who: Have a tendency to start a lot of projects but finish very few of them.
What it does: Helps you visualize progress on all of your projects.
Using whatever medium you prefer (sticky notes or a whiteboard work well), split your projects into three categories: To Do, Doing, and Done. That’s it.
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