Whether you’re a student, business owner, employee, freelancer, or you know… a human, time management is crucial. For most people, it’s not easy -but it can be. And it should be. So listen up friends. I’m about to tell you the best way to manage your time.
Drumrolls please… what is the key to ultimate time management?
As in the timer on your:
- Google Search
- or even an hourglass
Any timer works. But you have to work to make it work.
Why timers are the #1 tool to manage your time
Let’s look at the definition of the word.
A timer is a “specialized type of clock used for measuring specific time intervals.” It is quite literally the physical manifestation of time management.
Whereas a stopwatch counts up to a specific time. A timer counts down to a specific time (which in most cases is 0:00).
There are few better motivations than a count-down. People will always work more slowly and less productively when it seems that their timeline to get something done is vast.
However, the moment you limit that timeline and give them a specific deadline, it’s like a switch has been turned on. Suddenly their time holds a lot more value. Each minute is a lot more crucial. The more narrow that timeline, the more important each second.
When you give yourself a concrete set point to finish something, you hold yourself accountable. You give yourself an intrinsic motivation to work hard and consistently.
No wonder so many people swear by the Pomodoro method and rule of 52 and 17.
Timer-based time management techniques
According to the Eunice Kennedy National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, the Pomodoro technique is a simple yet effective tool for focused work with planned breaks in between.
This technique consists of:
- Working for 25 minutes (while using a timer, of course)
- Taking a 5 minute break (again, using a timer)
- Repeat; take a 15-30 minute break for every 4 Pomodoro intervals
According to the Muse, the “most productive people work for 52 minutes at a time, then break for 17 minutes before getting back to it.”
Techniques aside though, the common theme here is using a timer.
The relationship between timers and productivity
Think about it.
Productivity is defined in terms of time. As with any production process, it’s measured in output per unit of input.
Your input is your time. Your output is what you achieved during that time.
The minutes you’re able to spend on your work are some of your most valuable capital.
Productivity is a lot easier to grasp when you recognize that it’s merely a measure of how you manage your time.
How to manage your time like the ideal worker
Using a timer is easy. I’m talking elementary-level easy.
But tracking your time? Now that’s where the real magic happens.
Arguably, coming up with a time tracking system is the best decision a business can make for boosted team productivity and enhanced goal setting. How can you plan for goals, projects, and milestones without knowledge of how your team uses time?
Knowing how you and your teammates manage your time goes hand-in-hand with:
- valuable business insights
- advanced reporting
- accurate payments for hourly employees
- a simplified approach to days off for employees
- and once again, increased productivity
This is where Time Clock Go comes into play.
Once you, teammates, and/or subordinates sign up for accounts, you’ll all be able to view team-wide tracked time in one location. Coupled with interactive, visual reports and you’ll have an educated team and knowledgeable action plan in no time.
Particularly useful for remote settings, those in charge can view when employees clocked in, clocked out, and took breaks. With payroll and accounting integrations, accurate payments that makes both sides happy has never been simpler.
You can carry your team’s tracked time with you on the go, thanks to the Time Clock Go iOS and Android mobile app.
The service is entirely free for up to 4 employees. For larger teams, you’ll be looking at just $10 or $11 per employee per month.
So definitely give it a try.
And unlock the power of timers for yourself and others.
How much time do you typically set aside in your intervals to do work? Let me know in the comments!