When it comes to time blindness, it is important to get crafty. Creating your own personal strategy for connecting your perception of time to the reality on the clock is incredibly important to your journey to becoming a more timely person.

Why should you want to be on-time? On-time in this case means not only being aware of what time it is but also what urgent tasks you have coming up and how much time it will take you to complete those tasks.

Building your awareness of time does not mean you will never be late again. Being more aware of time allows you to responsibly reschedule or inform people in the eventuality that you are running late by accurately estimate the time you have for what needs to be done and creating a daily plan conducive to success.

Here are the 3 most powerful methods in the time management tool box. These 3 components will take you through the questions of - What? - When? - How?

Eisenhower Matrix - What?

Prioritization is key to time management. There are only so many hours in a day and they can easily be lost thinking and worrying about all the things you have to do. Prioritization is an act of defining and affirming intent. When you assign a task as urgent and important, then other less important but urgent tasks should leave your focus.

The Eisenhower Matrix is a simple yet incredibly effective way of going through your to-dos and prioritizing. Go task by task down your list and categorize them:

Important and Urgent: highest priority
Important and Not Urgent: reschedule
Not Important but Urgent: delegate if possible
Not Important and Not Urgent: consider dropping it

Check out the "Office Morning" routine that is based on the Eisenhower Matrix.

Time Boxing - When?

Setting focuses for larger blocks of time is a perfect way to provide yourself a guiding light during those periods without necessarily constraining yourself. Take a look at your main tasks or activities in any given work day, estimate how long you would like to spend on each and block those times in your calendar.

For example, the first hour of your work day could be purely for emails. The second and third hour could be for scheduling meetings and taking them, so on and so forth.

Pomodoro - How?

Now you know what you are working on and when you want to focus on it, great! Now we get to another difficult part of it, execution. The most effective technique that has been established for getting work done in a timely manner without experiencing burnout is the Pomodoro Method.

Pomodoro routines allow for a series of 25-45 minute sessions of work split up with 5 minute break times. Brili offers a few options when it comes to Pomodoro routines, they vary in length and activation. Go check them out!

Time To Combine

Using these 3 techniques in unison can be incredibly effective in planting yourself in a daily rhythm and general awareness of time. Combine them all and develop your own custom way of doing each that is fun and exciting for you!