How to Manage Your Time ⏱️
Tactics and tools to tame the mess, plan reliably and be productive.
Over the years I have spoken with hundreds of engineers, managers and founders.
The most productive ones I know all have one trait in common: they are very intentional about how they manage their time. They organize tasks in a certain way, have rules for their calendar, meetings, and focus time.
These are no small tweaks. Many recall having a real breakthrough after they changed specific aspects of their daily schedule, and could never go back.
I am one of those people.
Over time I have experimented with various ways of organizing my work. By doing so I have learned more about myself, and I feel now the most productive I have ever been.
In the past couple of weeks I have reached out to tens of incredible people, plus friends on the Refactoring Community, to collect patterns and strategies.
I matched them with my own experience and wrote the very best advice on personal productivity that I am capable of.
We will talk about:
🕰️ Time is an illusion — why using time is not the best way to plan your work.
🍅 Pomodoros — a simple technique that changed everything for me.
⏱️ Timeboxing — how to leverage your calendar for productivity.
👥 Meetings — how to arrange meetings for your sanity.
🔄 Feedback Loop — how to keep going and get better over time.
🔨 Tools — how to implement all of this with tools.
Let’s dive in 👇
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