If you are anything like me, you have more projects and tasks than you can possibly finish anytime soon. This can feel overwhelming and stressful at times.
The endless workday
Other times it can feel very dull because no matter how hard you work, it doesn't seem like you are making an impact. Starting half an hour earlier, working an hour late, or doing the hardest work first is not rewarding if you know that there is always endless work around the corner.
In the morning, your 8 or 12 hour work day seems endless and you start the day by grabbing a cup of coffee and take a look at your email, some reports and maybe even a news site before you decide to tackle a hard task.
Have you ever noticed how much your work ethic improves when you only have one hour before you need to leave the office? You instinctively focus on the important stuff, avoid distractions and get your ass in gear.
That's why it's important to divide your day into sessions. There are several methods that use this principle. A widely known one is the Pomodoro technique where you set a timer to 25 minutes and work.
One reason why this works is Parkinson's Law that states that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."