The key thing for me in managing my time is understanding how long things take. In order to do this I have to remember to pull out my phone and time what it is I’m doing. That never happens.
If I don’t know how long something is going to take I hesitate to get started. Especially little things. Because things always take longer than I think they’re going to take.
In his book Getting Things Done, David Allen explains a rules he has to getting these little things done.
This is all well and good except for the fact that I have a hard time judging how long two-minutes really is. When I’m watching an episode of Master of None two minutes flies by. But when I’m watching a crappy YouTube ad two minutes feels like forever.
I discovered a new way to judge two minutes, that way I can get more done and manage my time better.
I have a Sonicare toothbrush. That toothbrush has an internal timer for 2 minutes broken up into four 30 second chunks. The other night I had forgotten my headphones downstairs, rather than wait until after I was done brushing my teeth to get them I went while brushing my teeth.
I assumed that it would have taken me a minute maybe even a minute and half to get my head phones. It actually took me less than 30 seconds.
It’s not important that it took me less than 30 seconds. What is important that I now have a standard to judge against. The more I understand how long two minutes is the more I can judge the time I have to get things done.
What unconventional methods do you have to managing your time?