The Power of a 20 Minute Timer

This tip is something I learned during a summer internship in college from an executive who was well versed in productivity.

Productivity is such a hot topic both in the workplace but also in our personal lives. There are many tips and tricks, tools, resources, and more on how to squeeze the most out of your day.

I think life is a healthy balance of being productive but also taking time to rest. In my opinion - rest should be considered productive :)


Here is my super simple, quick tip around being productive:


This is how it works:

  1. Pick a goal / task / project you need to complete (or make major headway on)

  2. Sit down in front of your computer or notebook, etc.

  3. Put away ALL distractions (phone, notifications on computer, TV, music, food, etc.)

  4. Set a 20 minute timer

  5. Work on that task for the full 20 minutes until the timer goes off (don’t even check the timer just trust it will ding at 20 minutes)

You will be BLOWN AWAY by how much you will have accomplished in that 20 minute period.

Ideally, you do this 3 times a day. That is a solid hour of sheer, undistracted productivity.

20 minutes seems like nothing - try it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!