Timeboxing – The tool to get you working like never before

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What is timeboxing, you ask? Well, it is what it says to be, a very strict allotment of time to everything that you need to do in a day, from waking up to sleeping. Since everything will be set inside a box that indicated what time it must be done, it is called a time box. It is a straightforward and effective method of getting in control of the time you have at hand.

Many people, be it students or employees or even businessmen, everyone will have their hands tied with some work or the other during the entire course of their day. So, what timeboxing does is you don’t strive to finish the thing regardless of how much time it takes; you keep a certain fixed amount of time for a certain thing. After that, you will move on to the next thing that you would need to do. It is a way of slowly but surely finished many tasks by chipping away bit by bit every day.

It is hyper-planning, where you plan out each detail of your day. Elon Musk and Bill Gates have an intense scheduling habit. They organize each hour of their day. This must be a habit that must be inculcated into students like ourselves.

So, how do you get started with timeboxing?

You would first need to open your Google calendar, take a piece of paper and note down the things you should be doing for the day. If you have many tasks, give them a number, and allocate a time box in the calendar. For example, if you are a school student, allocate time for your school, what you should do after school, including everything from the breaks you take to the time you spend sleeping. Keep everything organized. This may seem like micromanaging your day, which it is, but it will yield extraordinary results.

There is a saying, “A Fool with a Plan is better off than a Genius without a Plan!”—a famous quote by T Boone Pickens. Plan your day; you will not see results in either a day or a week, but you will see many results in the coming months, and you will be glad that you started to timebox your day as it will help your career a lot.

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