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Here is some hard data to tell you who you are

Here’s Some Hard Data To Tell You Who You Are

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I first completed Shadowmatch 10 years ago in 2008. I had come across the tool 3 times in a week which I found extraordinary. So I called the inventor, Pieter de Villiers and asked about it. They sent me one to complete online. Something you can do for free here.

Besides measuring 19 of my habits, it also measured my task efficiency: i.e. how quickly I completed the survey and how accurately I answered 10 riddles that are contained in the survey. I scored well for accuracy and poor for speed.

I recently completed Shadowmatch again. But this time, I was more aware of my poor task efficiency from last time and so I focused on completing the task timeously. Hey presto, my task efficiency improved by 45%. How good am I!? (Ed – not that good).

But what it taught me is how much more we can get done, if we focus on our time.

time management

Naturally, there’s an app for that! A guy called Francesco Cirillo invented the Pomodoro Technique. Today, you can find all kinds of apps, clocks and timers to measure your day into 25 minute periods and 5-minute breaks to focus on the work to be done in bite-size chunks.

Of course, besides the timer, you need to develop a routine and discipline to implement the technique, 2 habits also measured by Shadowmatch.

Try Shadowmatch and tell me what you think of it. It’d be great to hear from you. It’s a powerful and useful tool to build teams that perform.