PM Minute: Time Boxing

Thank you for joining me for the Colocation PM Minute. I’m glad you’ve made the show part of your work day.


So, it’s the beginning of a new year. If you are like me, that means you’ve had your planning session and you are ready to kick off a new slate of resolutions, goals, and projects. Both at work and at home.


That’s what made a recent Harvard Business Review Management Tip of the Day so interesting. The article, written by Mark Zao-Sanders, is called “How Timeboxing Works and Why It Will Make You More Productive.”

Here’s a link to a companion article “To-Do Lists Don’t Work”.


In the article, the author suggests scrapping your to-do list in favor of scheduling tasks on your calendar. IT’s a relatively short read and well-worth the time.


As a Project Manager, time boxing feels right. It forces decomposition and a focus on the tasks behind the goal or deliverable, just like a traditional project plan. If everything is a project, timeboxing may be the tool to get it all done.

What do you think? Leave a comment at the show page, email colocation@davidhersher.com or call the show at 234.207.5935