Since reading the excellent book Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer’s Guide to Launching a Startup, I’ve been experimenting with the application of time boxing to help me work on several projects at the same time. Rob Walling suggests that every micropreneur can stay on top of multiple different projects by practicing time boxing. This means spending a fixed amount of time on each project so that you spread your time around evenly.
I have five projects on the go at this time:
- Roomr for iPhone and Android
- JAM (freelance project)
- PassVerse, an API for Passbook
- DayPlanner, the subject of this post!
- one or two other secret little projects for other people.
To help me juggle all these with out getting caught up in just one, I’ve been spending some time building a simple application which I’m calling DayPlanner. DayPlanner allows me to view my week ahead and to block out my time across multiple different projects.
I’ve made this little application public and am currently in the process of testing whether or not anyone else would like to use it as I think it could be a very useful tool to fellow micropreneurs and freelancers.
I have a list of features that I would like to add such as time summaries, 3rd party calendar integration, time tracking and mobile support.
If you’re looking for a tool to help you manage your time boxing then look no further! You can sign up here:
Give it a try and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, contacting me directly using firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the feedback link on the site.