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Timeboxing is setting an appointment with fixed start and end times in order to accomplish something. It has shown up in my reading in three different ways in the past weeks, and I decided to take a closer look at the concept.
I’m having trouble finding time to work on my novel. Once I went back to work, my morning writing sessions vanished. I can’t seem to find time – it’s partly because there is always so many other things to do, and partly because I never feel there is enough time for me to get into the groove before I will have to stop.
Why Timeboxing Works
By blocking out a specific time, you are committing yourself to working on the project. If you treat it as you would an appointment with someone else, you are solidifying your commitment to the work.
Creating the Timebox
The trick, I found, was to start small. I decided that timeboxing didn’t necessarily mean setting aside hours. Timeboxing just meant setting aside time. With my novel, it meant that I could work for a half hour. This isn’t much time at all, but at the same time is better than what I had been doing (nothing).
Scheduling the Timebox
My pet projects generally have to wait for weekends, or after my daughter has gone to bed. I decided to commit myself to a half-hour timebox on Wednesday and one on Saturday morning. The trick was I put these times in my schedule, setting alarms to remind me.
After two sessions of timeboxing, I have made more progress on the book than I have in the last month. I think timeboxing is necessary in order for me to get into the place where I can sit down and write fiction.
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