Your time is valuable. Perhaps the most valuable resource you possess. Better management of your time leads to increased productivity, more free time, lowered stress and improved focus. Between the books, and the articles, and the apps, and the advice—solicited or not—there are multitudes of time management methods. When picking a strategy that works for you, it’s helpful to consider your personality type.

Pomodoro Method

Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s, the Pomodoro technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Essentially, with the Pomodoro method, you’re working with the time you have. 

Your workday or study time, then, is broken down into smaller segments 25 minutes for working plus a five-minute break. These segments are known as Pomodoros. After you’ve completed about four of these segments, you take a longer break, usually 15 or 20 minutes. 

This method creates a sense of urgency during your short work-periods. Moreover, the thought behind the “forced breaks” is to counteract burnout. 

Who does the Pomodoro method work for?

The Pomodoro method is great for creative personalities or those who don’t have scheduled meetings. It works best in the context of “freestyle”, so to speak, work, where you work when you want and how you want, as long as it’s all done by a certain deadline.

The One-Minute Rule

The one-minute rule is fairly simple. If you see something that can be done in less than one minute, it should be done immediately. Since the tasks to be done are fast, it shouldn’t be hard to complete them and add up to big results. Moreover, this tool helps you learn how to prioritize tasks. 

Who does the One-Minute Rule method work for?

The One-Minute Rule method can be especially beneficial for analysts. Thus, many different one-minute blocks mean fewer requirements of serious time dedication later down the road (like when the dishes pile up for days).

Ultradian Rhythms

You’ve probably noticed what time of day you feel most productive and have more energy. Some people are good in the morning; others are night owls. Essentially, the ultradian rhythm time management method relies on your 24-hour internal clock telling you when you will be most productive, and the timing is different for everyone. During the 24-hour period, you’ll cycle through 90-minute intervals during which your productivity and focus are at maximum (known as ultradian cycles). At the beginning of each cycle, your brain is the most focused and energetic.

During the first cycle, you’ll want to do your most challenging tasks. Then, after the first 90-minute cycle ends, do easier tasks. When the next one begins, work on other challenging tasks. A great tool is to assign a theme for each day, such as a goal for that day. This will help you stay focused. Also, you need to note that your rhythm won’t be the same as everyone else’s. See what works best for you.

Who does the Ultradian Rhythms method work for?

Identifying and syncing with your personal 24-hour clock takes an intuitive personality. You’ll need to understand your body and have the ability to tap into your own personal energy sources. 

Choose a Time Management Method Working for Your Personality

There is no shortage of time management methods, these are just three of possibly hundreds. Time management is pivotal to thriving in school, at work, or at home. The key is to identify a method meant to meet the needs of your style and personality.