Hi, I'm Takeo Fujii.
In this article, we'll use a kitchen timer.Analog but effective time management techniquesI will explain the following.
I'm sure you've tried time management techniques before. There are a lot of time management techniques out there.
I'm no different. I've tried all the time management techniques out there. I've bought books on Amazon and practiced them. But not one of them became a habit.
Why time management techniques don't last or stick
"Hey... I've been practicing time management techniques with the goal of increasing my productivity, but isn't it actually decreasing my productivity?"
I thought about it and realized. Why does the time management technique not work? The reason is"The rules of time management in the world are complicated.I think this is the biggest problem. I think this is the biggest problem.
Because of the complexity of time management methods, it is difficult for me to make it stick, as I am a tedious person. This should be the part of the problem that prevents many people from making time management techniques a habit.
I use Google Calendar to make my schedule, Google Chrome extension to manage my time, and then combine the tools... In this way, time management becomes more complicated, doesn't it?
If this is your home or office, there is no problem. But to manage your time the same way on the go, you have to install another app and learn how to manage your time on your phone. It's a hassle, isn't it?
So I"Let's keep time management as simple as possible."I decided to go for it.
I finally came up with the method of "using a kitchen timer to manage my time.
Why I'm releasing my time management techniques
Before explaining the time management techniques using a kitchen timer, let me introduce the reason why I wrote this article.
Someone I have a mutual following relationship with on Twitter was using a kitchen timer to manage her time.
So I was convinced.Time management doesn't have to be high-tech. It just has to be easy to use."That's right.
I believe that people who are able to manage their time productively are the ones who are "good at their jobs.
In other words, people who seem to be productive have clear rules on how to use their time.
The time management techniques I'm going to introduce here are also simple and clear rules. It should be easy for you to use.
Time management techniques using a kitchen timer
Okay, here goes.Effective time management techniques using a kitchen timerI will explain the
The method described here is a time management technique that I myself actually use in my daily life. First, I will introduce the "rules" as principles.
The rule of 33 minutes and 33 seconds
Legendary copywriter Eugene Schwartz advocates"The 33-minute, 33-second rule."Have you ever heard of a time management rule called
The 33 minutes and 33 seconds rule is an extremely simple and effective time management rule. The procedure is also simple.
First, prepare a kitchen timer. All you have to do is measure 33 minutes and 33 seconds. That's all there is to it.
For 33 minutes and 33 seconds, sit in your chair and work at your desk. 33 minutes and 33 seconds is not enough time to get up, go for a walk, have a cup of tea, or any other distraction. Just stay in your chair.
If you don't want to work in a chair, you can just sit down.There is only one rule: sit in your chair for 33 minutes and 33 seconds.
It's simple: all you have to do is sit in a chair for 33 minutes and 33 seconds. Don't get up or do anything other than work during that time. That's the only rule.
Thirty-three minutes and thirty-three seconds will pass and the kitchen timer will ring. Then there will be a 10-minute break. Repeat.
- Measure & work for 33 minutes and 33 seconds
- 10-minute break
- Measure and work for 33 minutes and 33 seconds
- 10-minute break
Repeat this. You'll notice when you actually try it, you'll have a better sense of time.
However, there is a small trick to the 33 minutes and 33 seconds rule introduced here.
Use earplugs with high sound insulation.
The first tip is.Earplugs.It is.
I use earplugs in conjunction with the 33 minute and 33 second rule. Writing and translation work requires a lot of concentration.
Sound, in particular, has a great impact on our ability to concentrate. Therefore, we wear earplugs to maintain our concentration.
I use MOLDEX earplugs.
MOLDEX earplugs are about 5,000 yen for a box (200 pieces) on Amazon. Cheap & large volume. They will last you for at least a year.
On top of that, it's very sound insulating. It's perfect for when you need to concentrate deeply.
However.Disadvantages of earplugs with high sound insulationThere are also.
Since most of the outside noise is cut off, it is difficult to hear and notice when the kitchen timer rings.
The one I use so that I can use the 33 minutes and 33 seconds rule even when I'm wearing earplugs.Tanita's Kitchen TimerThe important point is that it has a vibration function. The important point is that it has a "vibration function".
Timer with vibration function
The Tanita kitchen timer with vibration function that I use can be easily found by searching for "Tanita vibration timer". I bought mine on Amazon.
When 33 minutes and 33 seconds have elapsed, this kitchen timer will shake and shake. So if you keep it in your pocket, even if you wear earplugs, it will vibrate and shake."Oh, I see 33 minutes and 33 seconds have passed."So you realize.
If it's a kitchen timer that makes a sound, it's hard to hear because of the earplugs, but if it's a vibration type, it vibrates to notify you, so no problem.
My one tip is that earplugs x timer with vibration function is a must-have combination for tasks that require concentration.
Also, there is one more trick.
Work background music for times when you have trouble concentrating.
The combination of earplugs and a timer with vibration function is powerful. Your concentration will increase at once.
However, I have a hard time concentrating when I work in the afternoon. After all, there is a limit to how much you can concentrate.
So when I lose my concentration there, I take my earplugs out.Work while listening to background music.I will try to do so.
The one I use is Brain.fm. I have written a detailed explanation in the article below.
This Brain.fm is a super powerful music application that dramatically improves your concentration by playing music created by AI (Artificial Intelligence). Please see the image below.
There are three options available: Focus, Relax, and Sleep.
I try to listen to Focus music while I work. By the way, Brain.fm can be used on your phone or tablet.
You can also find free background music for work concentration on YouTube. However, they have not been tested for effectiveness.
Brain.fm combines state-of-the-art neuroscience technology and AI, and has been proven to be effective. In fact, the U.S. wrestling team that participated in the Rio Olympics used it in their training.
Definitely if you're looking for focus.Brain.fmis a highly recommended app.
What is the most important core of time management techniques?
To summarize our main points.
- Use the 33 minutes and 33 seconds rule.
- Use a kitchen timer with vibrations.
- Use earplugs
- Using Brain.fm
There are many ways to do this, but this time management technique is by far the most effective.
One last thing to add: I introduced the 33 minutes and 33 seconds rule, but you don't have to stick to this "33 minutes and 33 seconds.
The important thing is to separate the time.There is a method called the Pomodoro Technique, which is 25 minutes of work followed by 5 minutes of rest, or you can work in 60-minute intervals.
The key to the art of time management is not the length of time, but the crispness of the time. Break up the time you have to concentrate and perform the work within that time. Take a break in between. It is important to repeat this process.
I personally recommend using a timer with a vibration function, and earplugs.
No need for complicated time management techniques. Creatives and desk-bound entrepreneurs who need to focus will find this method useful.
Also, if you have any questions about time management or work techniques, please write them in the comments section below.