This is one of only two products I consistently recommend to clients.
We are all wired so differently – how our brains work, how we stay motivated, how we get started or finish tasks – that recommending products is a more complex challenge than you’d think at first. One size does not fit all.
However, the Time Timer works for so many people that I don’t hesitate to mention it, if a client’s having difficulty with any issues related to time. This friend will not solve all your time issues, but it’s a huge support to your own efforts. If you click the photo, you’ll go to their web site. I do not earn anything for this; it’s just a great product.
If you have ANY issues with time, read on. Time management is a huge topic; there are myriad reasons your time is working against you instead of with you. This will assist in ways you might be surprised at.
Single Favorite Use for My Time Timer
I used to be a late a lot. Now I set this to show me how much time I have left until I have to leave. And I put it right in front of my screen. I can’t miss it, yet I don’t need to STOP what I’m working on to look at a clock and recalculate how much time I have left. Some of you will get this math issue and for some of you, it’s just not your time issue.
Here is how I set my timer as I write today. The RED says that I have 15 minutes left. No recalculating. It’s quite clear and simple and eye catching – WITHOUT interrupting my work. As my time goes away, the red pie slice gets smaller.
Laundry: How many people say laundry seems to take forever? Set it for the length of the wash cycle and keep it with you, wherever you are in the house. Set the audio beeper to ‘on,’ and you’ll keep up with the cycles better.
Time sinks: How long are you actually … on Facebook, for example: Say you want to eliminate what you suspect is a time sink. Set this for your allotted time on Facebook. You’ll be more focused and end on time, so you have time for something special.
Child or grandchild can’t tell time yet? Say you only want 35 minutes of TV or PC time before dinner. You set the clock; he/she understands when their time is up, and also what “35 minutes” feels like. Teach a sense of time. Great life skill. The product doesn’t do it all but it sure helps and it’s fun.
Fill the tiny slots of time in your day: This also requires you to break down your project into small steps. One step closer, as I’m often heard to say. When you have those small bits and pieces of time, it’s easier to bite off small pieces and get them done, yet stay on track with your day. Again, without your breaking down the project into small steps, your product isn’t solving the whole problem, but it does solve a big piece.
Declutter a drawer or daily maintenance/pickup: Play the time game. Set this fun clock for 15 minutes and RACE to get done before the timer. What’s different? The timer’s much more fun than an egg timer or microwave clock. And timer is WITH you everywhere you go. Your new best friend.
AD/HD and have time management issues? Absolute life saver. I suggest clients buy these (or clocks at least) in different sizes, so they are all around the house, office, classroom.
I’m not perfect, but I’m much happier with my relationship with time than I used to be:
- Time timer keeps me on schedule better than my own brain has ever done (and the beeper isn’t yelling at me; it’s a nice, gentle sound!)
- Gives me a better sense of how much time passes.
- Keeps me out of hyper focus.
- Doesn’t interrupt my thinking yet keeps me aware of time.
- Is portable. I use this one at home/home office. I have a larger one I use in workshops to keep track of time.
- It’s not technology. It is simple to use. And we all need something simple these days.
Good luck. Let us all know how you use your Time Timer!