Use LEGO Bricks To Ration Your Time And Stay Productive

Use LEGO Bricks To Ration Your Time And Stay Productive
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Scheduling your to-dos is boring. Playing with LEGO is fun. Combine the two and you get a fun and easy way to keep track of how much time you have in a day.

Picture: Kenny Louie/Flickr

How-to blog MakeUseOf explains how you can take a set of LEGO bricks to represent the amount of time you have in your day. Let each brick represent a specified period of time — MakeUseOf uses 25-minute blocks — and set aside the appropriate number of bricks for each task you need to do. When you’re done, stack them up. This gives you a handy visualisation of your time in the day:

There’s something about looking at, picking up, and interacting with bricks that can make something abstract — time — feel concrete. My chimp brain thinks “eight hours” means I can fool around for the next three, then work for five. The bricks make time seem more like a commodity I need to ration appropriately.

The system is as adaptable as the Lego bricks themselves. Need to allot your time into smaller portions? Use a few more bricks. Not only do the bricks help give you a tangible representation of your time, but they can help encourage some creativity as well.

How To Use LEGO To Manage Your Time Better [MakeUseOf]