Productivity and Time Management Techniques

I love learning about and trying out new productivity methods. Two techniques that I’m going to try out in the weeks ahead are

1. Batch Scheduling, and

2. The Pomodoro Technique.

Batch Scheduling : "working on one specific type of task at a time until it’s complete or you’ve reached a designated stopping place." This website is where I found this definition; it has some great descriptions and examples of this technique.

For example, as a college advisor, I might designate certain times of the week for online research, client meetings, client communication, marketing and college visits. To some extent, I do this, but I could be better at it.

The Pomodoro Technique: requires use of a timer. A user of this method works in 25-minute increments, with 5 minute breaks in between. After 4 of these 25 minutes of work + 5 minutes of break, one takes a longer break — 15-20 minutes. This technique gets good reviews by many people, and I believe that it can be very helpful for students.


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