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.

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?

Sadly, people often give up before they’ve even tried timeboxing. As a result, they miss out on the almost magical benefits.

Pitfall #1: What-Aboutism

This is “what-aboutism” — searching for excuses for why a methodology won’t work instead of giving it a real try to find ways to make it work.

Solution: start small.

Keep in mind the only measure of success is not “how many boxes did I tick-off on my to-do list?,” but rather, “did I do what I intended to do without getting distracted.”

Pitfall #2: Not realizing it’s an iterative process.

Paulo Coelho said, “A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.” Take steps today to prevent the same distraction from repeating itself tomorrow. If you don’t, you’re deciding to be distractable instead of indistractable.

Solution: think like a scientist, not a drill sergeant.

Pitfall #3: Succumbing to psychological reactance.

The truth is, when people resist timeboxing, they are most often afraid of actually having to do hard work.

Solution: Disarm psychological reactance.

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