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Destressing by the right Time-Management Technique

This blog goes along with my new episode of 5 Minutes Closer To Happiness on YouTube:



Hey there, happiness seekers! Welcome back to 5 Minutes Closer to Happiness where we talk about all things happiness, positivity, and well-being. Today, we're diving into some lesser-known time management techniques that can supercharge your productivity. So grab yourself a tea or coffee and let's get started!

 

1. Pomodoro Technique

 

 First up, ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It's like a power-up for your focus by breaking your work into focused intervals of 25 minutes. Set your time, work on your task, then reward yourself with a short 5min break. After completing four Pomodoros, take a longer break of about 15-30 minutes. This technique helps maintain focus and prevents burnout.

pomodoro technique - time management - explanation

2. Eat the Frog Technique

 

 Next, let's talk about eating the frog. No, not literally! It's about tackling the toughest task first thing in the morning. Get it out of the way, and the rest of your day will feel like a breeze. Plus, you'll feel like a productivity superhero!

Eat the Frog Technique -  Time Management Explanation

3. Batching Technique

 

Instead of hopping back and forth between different task types, give the batching technique a try. Group similar tasks together and tackle them simultaneously. This approach aims to concentrate on fewer tasks over extended periods, enhancing efficiency as you transition smoothly from one related task to another. Moreover, it minimizes the disruptions associated with constantly starting and stopping tasks, allowing for better focus and productivity.

Batching Tasks Technique - Time Management - Explanation

 4. Time Blocking Technique


 Now, let's get creative with time blocking. Think of it as scheduling playdates for your tasks. Give each task its own special time slot, and watch your day unfold like a perfectly choreographed dance of productivity.


This is my personal favorite at work. (It doesn't work so much for my personal life though.)

But at work it gives me the option to schedule frequent tasks that function as a reminder plus block time during the day to work on them. In between meetings it's easy to get lost in the amount of emails and verbal tasks - jumping from one to the next.

But with this technique I can easily see ahead of time what my schedule and tasks look like. It can easily be seen whether less urgent tasks can be moved to another day to pull ahead last minute more urgent topics.


Time Blocking Technique - Time Management

 5. Eisenhower Matrix Technique

 

If it helps you to visualize the importance of your different tasks, try the Eisenhower Matrix. I have a free template and more detailed explanation on my page.

This matrix helps prioritize tasks based on their importance and urgency. Divide your tasks into four categories: important and urgent, important but not urgent, urgent but not important, and not urgent and not important. By focusing on the important and urgent tasks, you can better manage your time and avoid wasting it on less crucial activities.

Eisenhower Matrix Technique - Time Management - Explanation

6. Learn to Say No!

 

Feeling overwhelmed? Time to practice saying no! Remember, you're the captain of your own ship. Don't be afraid to decline tasks that don't align with your goals. Your time is precious, so spend it wisely!

Learn to Say No! - Time Management - Explanation

7. Take Breaks to Recharge

 

And don't forget to take breaks! Seriously, stepping away for just a few minutes can work wonders for your focus and creativity. Go ahead, treat yourself to that cup of tea, and come back feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the world!

Take Breaks to Recharge - Time Management - Explanation

 Conclusion:

 Remember, finding the right time management technique is like finding the perfect pair of shoes – it's gotta fit just right! So don't be afraid to experiment and see what works best for you. Your solution may be a combination of techniques. Find the shoe that fits you.


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