Time Management using Ivy Lee-senhower Timeboxing

A seven-day calendar showing sample coloring of timeboxes.
Tasks timeboxed by color.

Ingredients

The Ivy Lee Method

1. The night before, write out the six most-important tasks for the following day. …

2. Number those tasks in order of importance. …

3. Start your work day with item number one. Work until you finished item one. Don’t skip to item two until item one is done. …

4. Physically cross-out each item as you finish it. …

5. At day’s-end transfer any unfinished tasks to the following day’s to-do list. …

Eisenhower Decision Matrix

Work expands to fill the time allotted to it.

Work contracts to fit in the time we give it.

Timeboxing

A seven-day calendar showing sample coloring of timeboxes.
An Excel screenshot showing a breakdown of hours by category. The same image from earlier in the article.

Rules of Thumb

But Wait, There’s More!

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