The Most Powerful Time Management Technique You’re Probably Not Using

Timeboxing is the nearest thing we have to productivity magic. Yet most people don’t utilize it. Here’s how to overcome the top 3 reasons why.

Nir Eyal
6 min readJan 29, 2021


“I can’t seem to get enough done.”

“I’m always distracted.”

“Why can’t I focus?”

I hear these complaints from my clients and readers all the time.

But when I recommend perhaps the most effective technique ever devised to help people stay on track, most of them balk.

“You want me to plan every minute of my day?”

Yes! Now what are you waiting for?

Timeboxing is among the most well-studied and powerful methods we know for getting things done.

It’s far more effective than running your life with a to-do list and it’s a critical component of becoming Indistractable.

Despite all the complaining about how distracting the world is given the cacophony of beeping and buzzing emanating from our digital devices, most people have no right to complain.

You can’t call something a distraction unless you know what it is distracting you from.

But how do you know what you got distracted from if you don’t plan your time?

In order to finally destroy distraction and live the life you want, you need to start living your life with intent.

If you don't plan your day in advance — according to your values and your schedule — someone else will plan it for you.

Whether it’s the social media sites, the news, your boss, your kids, or something else, you’ll always get distracted unless you decide in advance how you want to spend your time.

Timeboxing will change your life. It works because it uses a well-researched technique psychologists call, “setting an implementation intention,” which is just a fancy way of saying, “planning out what you are going to do and when you will do it.”



Nir Eyal

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