I happen upon an article on TimeBoxing, the simple practice of moving your ‘To Do’ list onto a calendar. It’s purported to increase your productivity quickly and effectively and, according to the author, TimeBoxing brings the added benefits of improving how you feel (control), how much you achieve (personal productivity), and how much you contribute to and achieve with your work teams (enhanced collaboration).
Dang. And here I am only discovering the secret to productivity and satisfaction at work when I’m about to leave the formal workplace.
I smile. Whew! There’s still time to tear up my To Do List and replace it with the practice of TimeBoxing my deliverables.
Except, my work To Do list is ever decreasing in size as I get closer to my final day, May 31. (7 actual work days left)
So, what can I do with this practice that makes so much more sense to me than creating To Do list after To Do list?
I know! Write a poem about it.
all boxed up
into a calendar
with deadlines looming
to get done.
timebox me in
to a calendar
my time to be
And I smile.
I dislike To Do lists. Inevitably, my To Do list makes me feel inadequate. I want to get ‘er all done in a day but interruptions, distractions, that shiny object calling for my attention pull me away from staying on task.
Maybe TimeBoxing is for me, even in my rejuvenation.
Maybe, using my calendar as a commodity that measures out my control and productivity will keep me focused on achieving the things I want to do next.
- Treasured time with my grandson, daughters, family, friends.
- Time in the studio.
- Writing time.
- Savouring the sunshine.
- Dancing in the rain.
- Splashing in mudpuddles.
- Sipping a latte and sharing time with friends
- Dreaming. Scheming. Imagining.
- Watching the river flow past
- Watching clouds drift by
- Taking long leisurely baths
- Enjoying an afternoon nap
- Luxuriating in unscripted time
- More time in the studio
- More time doing the things I want to do…
And I smile again.
TimeBoxing might be the next great breakthrough in personal productivity but… for the next 3 months I am purposefully living ‘Unplanned. Unscripted. Unboxed in by time.’
So, in the famous words of Scarlett O’hara in Gone with the Wind…