Timeboxing It

Today, I spent half an hour setting up a group chat with a few colleagues working on a feature. This task realistically took 5 minutes but I spend 25 minutes questioning if this matched work norms and scouring our company slack to confirm.

Whether it be preparing for presentations or sending out emails or messages to a large group of people, so many tasks - especially ones that are out of my comfort zone - can be done in a fraction of the time.

Now, I try to timebox tasks. Focusmate is great for this. I’ll book a 25 minute session with the goal of writing an email and sending it by the end of the time slot. I don’t have time to hesitate, I only have time to do the damn thing.

October 18, 2021

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