Timeboxing Technique – Elon Musk’s Productivity Hack

Timeboxing Technique – Elon Musk’s Productivity Hack

You may have heard about Elon Musk’s crazy
work schedule and how he works more hours than the average American. If you ever wondered how he does it, well,
heres a simplified answer. Elon Musk plans his day out in 5 minute increments
and has everything pre planned in advance. This technique is called timeboxing but it
is also known as time blocking. In this video, I will explain what timeboxing
is, how to apply it, the limitations and advantages, and 3 challenges someone might face when trying
to master timeboxing. Timeboxing is when you set a fixed amount
of time for each task and integrate those blocks of time into your schedule. The easiest way to apply this is to write
out your daily plan on a piece of paper or type it out on your phone. You estimate the amount of time each task
is going to take or give yourself a certain limitation on a task. Keep in mind that you can set soft timeboxes
and hard timeboxes. In a soft timebox, you can come up with a
conclusion and wrap things up after the allotted time period is over whereas in a hard timebox,
once it is over, you drop everything and finish. Choose which type of timebox makes more sense
for the task at hand but I believe a hard timebox is more effective. This implementation of timeboxing works for
someone who doesnt have a lot of specific commitments at certain times. If you are busier and have more commitments,
you should use a calendar app like google calendar to set specific start and stop times
for each activity. But what if there are interruptions and you
cant follow through with the schedule? Well, if there is an interruption, you can
revise the schedule. Life happens and you cant account for everything
but it doesnt mean this technique sucks. As for the advantages, timeboxing removes
your ability to choose what to work on during a certain time which will make you more productive
since it lets you focus on one thing at a time. The other advantage is that since you only
have a certain amount of time to work on that project, you will invoke Parkinson’s law aka
work expands to fill the time allotted for it to be more productive. You will be more productive when you set a
deadline for say 1 hour if that is your time block than not having a deadline. Someone like Musk probably has to timebox
because they have a lot of commitments to handle everyday. Without pre planning and proper organization,
they might miss something important . As for the limitations, this productivity hack feels
very robotic which leaves you with not much unstructured free time. Not everyone is open to following a robotic
schedule that says you only have a certain amount of time to do this. Another limitation is that if you are someone
who is very busy, you might not be able to continue working on a project that you built
a lot of momentum on during that time block. Sometimes when we work, we build a lot of
momentum and want to work on the project for a long time but you cant do that with a busy
timeboxed schedule. The biggest challenge someone will face when
timeboxing is estimating how long it takes to complete something. If you dont give yourself enough time to work
on something, you are not going to get much work done. We work faster when there is a deadline but
if you only give yourself a hour to do something that requires 3, you wont get much work done
if your goal was to finish the project today. If you underestimate the amount of time for
each time block, you will be less productive than before. To overcome this, start tracking how long
it takes for you to work on stuff so you can use that data to get better at timeboxing. The second biggest challenge is avoiding the
temptation to overschedule. Elon Musk may work for 80 hours a week and
function on low hours of sleep but that doesnt mean you can too. If you have a mentally taxing task to do like
filming or programming, sometimes that is all you should do for the day. Dont try to squeeze other things that are
mentally taxing into free blocks of time you have during the rest of the day. Most importantly, dont try to cut down your
hours of sleep by a lot to work on more tasks. Take advantage of the productivity benefits
a timebox gives and give the difficult work the space it deserves. Also, remember to take breaks in between tasks
to relax and refresh your mind. The final challenge that someone timeboxing
will face is resisting the urge to continue working when they are in a focused state. If you have more commitments to deal with,
you have to get used to dropping the task at hand for other tasks. Breaking your focus is hard and mentally draining. You might find it hard to regain that level
of focus for the upcoming task. To overcome this, you have to timebox more. When you first break focus, you might feel
less productive but if you timebox often, you can adapt and learn to be able to control
your focus like a on and off switch. Thanks for watching. If you enjoyed this video and want more, check
out my other videos.


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