Increase Productivity; that has been my goal for years as a personal development blogger. I’ve read a number of books and applied various techniques over time. Some have worked well, others have failed miserably. My challenge is that I’m a creative. I have shiny object syndrome. I love to create and use new things. This challenge often presents itself with a lack of focus. Put a new post from Facebook, a new tweet from Twitter, or a notification of a new email, and my focus instantly deflects.
For years my best defense from shiny object syndrome has been time boxing. I simply turn off all distractions, set a timer for 50 minutes and do one (and only one) thing till the timer goes off. Then I take a ten-minute break and repeat as necessary. This technique works well and can often double or triple my productivity during a distraction-filled day.
Since the time boxing technique has been my go to productivity strategy, I was intrigued when I heard about the Mastery Journal from podcaster, John Lee Dumas of EOFire. Listed right in the description was the fact that this journal could help me master these three skills:
- Productivity: Accomplish tasks that matter to you and your business by putting a plan in place!
- Discipline: Learn how to take your plan of action and EXECUTE that plan!
- F.O.C.U.S.: Follow One Course Until Success and remain distraction-free in the process!
Once I looked at the pictures of the daily pages, I could see that time boxing was a major component.
Each day includes 4 time boxing sessions plus a place for your morning routine. You get to choose your time box. For me, I like to use the 50/10 box (fifty minutes focus time, ten-minute break) or for longer projects a 100/20 box. [Read more…] about Increase Productivity: A Review of The Mastery Journal