I've recently been using the Pomodoro Technique to help me be more productive throughout the work day. And I often pair this time management technique with Time Boxing, which breaks my day into 30 minute task periods.
As a remote worker, it has become increasingly important for me to have time management systems that keep me on track. It is easy to walk into the other room and find another project. I've found that the Pomodoro Technique not only helps me get more done each day, but also helps be get started on a new task. The urgency of the timer counting down is a quick challenge to see how much I can complete in a short amount of time.
Over the years, I've tried all sorts of time management techniques. I even tried to stick to Benjamin Franklin's schedule one time, but all seemed to fall short for me in one way or another.
My Secret Weapon
Things changed for me after I introduced a new tool to my work life: a Timex Ironman Flix. This watch has an interval countdown timer which allowed me to set back-to-back timers. So, I can set a 25 minute timer followed by a 5 minute timer. the second timer starts automatically and it has made things easy. No distracting phone. No distracting Apple Watch.
Timex makes a variety of Ironman watches with the interval countdown, but not every Ironman comes with it. You can also use the Casio WS1600H and Casio AE1300W for the Pomodoro Technique.