5-10-25 Framework

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Introduction:

5-10-25™ is an unique productivity framework designed by P2x Consultancy Services™. The framework outlines a disciplined and structured approach, an individual can adopt to boost his/her personal productivity. This framework has been designed based on extensive research done on this topic over a period of 4 yrs.

The crux of the framework are 3 simple time management techniques which when practiced together can lead to increased focussed time at work and result in higher productivity and throughput.

This framework assumes an individual or worker works at least 8 hrs a day and 40 hrs a week. This framework is primarily targeted at professionals who perform knowledge intensive, non-routine and unstructured work. This framework can also be extended to other type of professionals based on suitability.

Approach:

The framework consists of the following techniques:

Technique 1: A person should earmark at least 5 hrs every day as focussed time at work. Focus time is defined as a period of uninterrupted work devoid of any distractions. It's advisable that the person identifies these 5 hours every day on his/her calendar at the beginning of the week. The person can choose to leverage this focus time to perform the most important tasks or activities. These 5 hours need not be contiguous but rather can be broken down into chunks of 30, 60, 90 or 120 mins.

Technique 2: The person should adopt the Pomodoro technique during the focussed time at work.

About Pomodoro Technique: “The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.

For the purposes of the technique, a Pomodoro is the interval of time spent working. After task completion, any time remaining in the Pomodoro is devoted to overlearning. Regular breaks are taken, aiding assimilation. A short (3–5 minutes) rest separates consecutive Pomodoro’s. Four Pomodoro’s form a set. A longer (15–30 minute) rest is taken between sets.

Goal of the technique is to reduce the impact of internal and external interruptions on focus and flow. A Pomodoro is indivisible; when interrupted during a Pomodoro, it must be abandoned.” - Wikipedia

Our framework mandates that an individual performs at least 10 Pomodoro’s during the 5 hours of focussed time (Technique 1) at work in any given day.

Technique 3: The person should have had at least 25 hours of focussed time at work in any given week. Alternatively, the person could have practiced at least 50 Pomodoro’s in a week.

Summary:

Our research has shown that these 3 techniques if practiced together can lead to more focussed time at work resulting in higher productivity and throughput. Our experiments have also have shown that these techniques if practiced for a longer period of time can lead to better work-life balance.

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