Using a Timer to Get Organized

Use a visual timer to gauge progress on tasks

Time Timer lets you see time passing

Dana just got back from the National Association of Professional Organizers conference in Phoenix, Arizona. A product highlight from the conference is the Time Timer®. This is an ingenious timer that gives you a visual of time passing.

How do timers help you be productive and get organized?

  • Stay on task by working in short segments
  • Feel less overwhelmed by breaking larger projects down into manageable chunks
  • Give time blocks to regular tasks to create routines
  • Control time spent responding to emails or checking social media by setting a time limit
  • Help kids learn about time management

The Time Timer® is also available in a phone app and wristwatch.

Any kind of timer can work to implement these principles. The advantage of the Time Timer® is you actually see time passing and can see how much time you have left. For that reason it’s a great tool for people who have trouble conceptualizing time.

The "Pomodoro Technique" focuses on learning how long it takes to complete different tasks.  Click on the picture to learn more.

The “Pomodoro Technique” focuses on learning how long it takes to complete different tasks. Click on the picture to learn more.

Time estimating

One of the more critical skills in being organized is being able to accurately estimate how long tasks take. If you start using a timer around your daily tasks, make note of what you learn –

  • Did you allow enough time?
  • How many timer sessions did it take to get through a project?

The more you learn about how long things take, the more effective you will become at time management.

What tasks are you avoiding because they are overwhelming?  Set a timer for 25 minutes and see if that helps you make progress.  Let us know how it worked.

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