Productivity techniques are really useful to eliminate distractions
and get work done.
I found the following productivity techniques to be useful for college
students like me.
• The Eisenhower Box
• The 2 minute rule
• The Ivy Lee method
• Seinfeld Strategy and
• The Pomodoro technique
The Eisenhower Box
Use the decision matrix and separateyour
actions based on fourpossibilities.
• Urgent and important (tasks you will do
• Important, but not urgent (tasks you will
schedule to do later).
• Urgent, but not important (tasks you will
delegate to someone else).
• Neither urgent nor important (tasks that
you will eliminate).
Source: Entrepreneur Magazine
The 2 minute Rule
• Part 1: If a task takes less than two minutes to complete, then do
it right now.
• Part 2: Part 2 — When you start a new habit, it should take less
than two minutes to do.
• Example: Want to make reading a habit? Just read the first
page of a new book (2–Minute Rule), and before you know it,
the first three chapters have flown by. The most important part
of any new habit is getting started — not just the first time, but
Source: James Clear
The Ivy Lee Method
1. At the end of each day, write down the six most important things
you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than
2. Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
3. The next day, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first
task is finished before moving on to the second task.
4. Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the
day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the
5. Repeat this process every day.
Source: James Clear
The Seinfeld Strategy
• Jerry Seinfeld used a unique calendar system to pressurize himself to write
better jokes. Here's how it works.
• Get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a
prominent wall. The next step is to get a big red magic marker.
• For each day that you do your task, put a big red X over that day. "After a
few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer
every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks
under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."
• "DO NOT BREAK THE CHAIN"
The Pomodoro Technique
• Choose a task to be accomplished.
• Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer).
• Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your
sheet of paper.
• Take a short break (5 minutes is OK).
• Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break (15-30 minutes).