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Productivity Boost!

Posted by Christen Barbercheck on

Looking for a productivity boost? Time Timer can help! 

  

No matter your lifestyle, we all have things to get done. Whether simple or complex, it seems there’s always a list to conquer in our busy lives. Along with the best intentions, it takes some planning and structure to get it all done.   

Keeping track of your time is part of taking control of your plans – and Time Timer’s collection of timekeeping products can help. When taking stock of your work, family, and school routines; consider a two-pronged approach to managing everything on your plate. First, consider the big picture. Then, list your priorities. Remember, a productive, fulfilling life is not all about being crazy-busy and ticking off all the boxes. Remember to consider the importance of your own goals and use the time you have to create the life you truly want.  

If you’re looking for something more structured to help you stay on track and boost your productivity, there are lots of options out there. Time Timer products are unique in that they actually help you “visualize” time with its revolving red disk that disappears as time elapses. 

In addition to timers, there are many different types of productivity systems available on the market. Whether you prefer a mobile app, a web-based tracking system, or a paper journal-based system, there’s a good fit out there for everyone. 

Many people are familiar with a productivity approach called the Pomodoro Technique. It is a time management system designed around the concept of breaking up tasks into uniform segments of time throughout the day in accomplishing what’s at hand. The technique encourages people to work with the time they have—rather than against it.  

Using the Pomodoro Technique, you break your workday (or schoolwork or household tasks) into 25-minute chunks separated by five-or-ten minute breaks. After four-or-five completed Pomodoro segments, you take a longer (30-minute) break before moving forward again. 

The Pomodoro Technique originally came about in the late 1980s as the brainchild of then university student Francesco Cirillo, who had struggled to focus on his studies and complete assignments. Why “Pomodoro”? The Italian word for tomato, it seemed fitting as Cirillo used a tomato kitchen timer to measure his productivity segments!  

At Time Timer, we have a few of our own suggestions for how our products can support your own time management and productivity goals! Here are a few ideas: 

    

Time Blasts! 

Another way of making a task more manageable, Time Blasts are Time Timer’s own method for tracking time in segments. We spotlighted this technique in a previous blog post that highlighted the importance of time management for kids and adults with ADHD 

Time Blasts differ from the Pomodoro Technique in a couple of key ways. First, we recommend a little more flexibility on the overall amount of focused work time by choosing a 10, 15, or 20-minute blast length before you begin your focused work period. This gives you the ability to match a blast to you or your child’s needs and abilities. A 10-minute stretch might be perfect for a third-grader, and an adult might jump right in with a 20-minute Time Blast. 

Secondly, we think choosing an ADHD time management tool can help you find success with this method. We recommend working with our Time Timer PLUS® 20 Minute as the best match for this technique. It features a blue disk on this compact timer that disappears along with the minutes, so you can see time. This visual cue serves as a powerful reminder of time passing that can help you focus and stay on task. It’s a great ADHD timer for all ages. Check out Time Timer’s entire collection of time management products on our website. We have great options for teachers, students of all ages, people of different abilities, and of course, busy parents! 

  

Classroom Success! 

Whether your classroom is in the school building, or at the kitchen table, teachers around the world have discovered the power of Time Timer to transform stressful transition periods, reduce resistance to routines, and better more easily manage their classrooms.  

Time Timer helps students of all ages and abilities see and understand the passage of time, increasing their ability to better focus on the task at hand. If you are a parent who is homeschooling, check out our essential homeschooling tools. 

  

Smoother household routines! 

  • Ease and manage daily routines: morning, dinner, cleanup, bath, and bedtime. 
  • Monitor turns and time for homework, computer use, and playtime. 
  • Manage time-outs: help children calm down Time timer’s red disk vanishes. 
  • Be punctual: when the red disk disappears, we’ll go! 
  • Be productive: how quickly can you clean this room? 

  

Seize your workday! 

  • Stay on task and focused throughout the day. 
  • Keep meetings on track at a glance. 
  • Facilitate workshops, breakout sessions, and refreshment breaks. 
  • Generate ideas more quickly and efficiently during brainstorming sessions. 

  

When it comes to the bigger stuff of life, Time Timer helps with that too. Taking those priorities, responsibilities, and everyday tasks, and breaking them down into manageable chunks of time is the key. And if you’re a visual learner, like many adults and children, the Time Timer can be your hero. Our innovative timekeeping tools will help keep you, your family, and children focused on what’s most important throughout the day. 

 

 

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