Time chunking splits up tasks into easy to handle blocks with predefined breaks, all controlled by a timer. Surprisingly few people actually know how to development such a valuable skill. This article will show you how to dramatically increase your productivity by spending less time working and achieving more.
The essential steps to implementing time chunking:
- Decide on a task you must do
- Set any timer to 45 minutes
- When the 45 minutes are up, time yourself exactly 10 minutes for a break, this completes the session
- Repeat this formula as required, then every 4 sessions, take a break of one hour.
Psychological power of time chunking
Setting a timer is a hugely effective form of time management that sets in stone your intention to complete the task. Your motivation to work continues to cumulatively increase because completing each sessions will give you a tremendous morale boost.
The alarm represents your break, and having earned it, you begin to associate the timer with reward. Therefore you will Synapse xt experience a boost in energy and confidence from having done something productive.
The strength of time chunking relies on having the time management burden taken off your shoulders. The anxiety of time management is taken away because that is handled by the timer.
Specific advice for exam revision:
A session lasts for one hour (45 minutes plus 10 minutes break plus transitioning time) and can be allocated to any specific topic, so you will find it easy to organise your study calendar; don’t ever be temped to cluster your chunks by subject. Instead of devoting the entirety of Tuesday to cake-ology, devote just 1 session to a single subject, and repeat every day for the entire revision period. This spaced repetition strategy is more effective for long term memory storage than “cramming” because your brain will re-enforce the memory synapses* if they’re repeatedly stimulated, letting you bag the higher test scores!
Use the last study period to review the material of the day’s previous sessions. Also, spend the last few study sessions of your week, reviewing all the past week’s sessions. Both of these techniques will increase your memory retention because multiple reviews strengthen the memory synapses.* (See footnote for clarification.)
Once again, several short sessions of study are more effective than one long haul because you feel alert for more of the time, and your brain has time to consolidate it’s memory synapses.
Advice for manual tasks:
Initially, start with less demanding jobs, subsequently moving on to bigger ones. Motivation follows action, once you have completed the small jobs, larger ones will seem far more approachable and you will complete them faster.
Time management anxiety:
Normal people often experience these conflicting emotions over time management:
- I am uncertain as to how much time I should devote to this task
- I feel guilty for having a break
- If I work for longer, I will learn more