Instant BossSubmitted by Earok on Sat, 03/26/2011 - 00:00
Since starting contract work from home, I have been really enjoying my freedom to start and stop whenever I please - especially since my midcity apartment offers quick access to most of the places I like to go. At first though, I did have a serious problem with managing the blocks of time that I worked in.
Now, 96 minutes is the length of time I work for in a continuous block.
Why? Two reasons. One is that I have seen the suggestion around that humans begin to massively lose concentration after working 90 minutes straight (I am not sure if that theory has been objectively tested by any means, but subjectively at least it 'feels' about right).
The second is that five blocks of 96 minutes add up to eight hours, my complete day at work.
Instant Boss is a tool I discovered via LifeHacker that manages my work day. It's ultra light weight and works brilliantly. Just set the number of sessions, length of work time and length of break time, and you're all set. You can pause the timer whenever you want to, and also skip breaks if you'd like.
It has really helped me work without worrying about tracking time, I definitely recommend it to anyone working their own hours.