1. Pack

We all have plenty of to-dos on our list.

With the Bento Method, you're forced to prioritise 3 tasks as your limit.

Choose from 3 tasks to pack your Bento:
โ€โ€๐Ÿฅ— small for an easy win - this could be an administrative task or personal wellbeing time.
โ€โ€๐Ÿš medium for tasks with a medium level of energy and focus, but not all your attention.
๐Ÿฃ large for tasks with a need for deep focus โ€” that means as little distraction as possible including meetings.



2. Flow

Once you have 3 tasks to work on per Bento box, time to pick which order you'd like to work on them in.

Choose from 3 workflow approaches:
๐Ÿธ Eat That Frog is taken from the classic productivity book of the same name by Brian Tracey - with this workflow, you focus on your most important task first (๐Ÿฃ large) move onto (๐Ÿš medium) and finishing with your (๐Ÿฅ— small).
๐Ÿ—ป Climb The Summit is a balanced approach to your day. You begin your day with a medium-energy task, (๐Ÿš medium) moving to the biggest task (๐Ÿฃ large) and finishing with your (๐Ÿฅ— small) task.
๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผ Slow Burn is perfect for slow-starters to the day. You begin with your smallest task (๐Ÿฅ— small), and then move onto a more demanding task (๐Ÿš medium), gradually working your way towards (๐Ÿฃ large) - great for afternoons.

๐Ÿ’กTIP: We'd recommend (๐Ÿธ Eat That Frog) is you like to get things done first thing - alternatively if you had a late night we'd recommend using (๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผ Slow Burn) - as you can see, this is adaptable.ย 



3. Focus

Use these philosophies for better focused sessions:ย 
๐ŸŽฏ One-Task Mind
  • Blocking out attention to focus on just your key task
  • Entering a state of "Deep Work" will help you accomplish more
  • Avoid context switching whilst in a focus state on one-task
โฐ Suggested Criteria
  • These are our recommendations for best practice with Bento.
  • You could consider time, energy and context when allocating these.ย 
๐Ÿฅ— Smallย 

: Light, habitualย 
Timings: 15-30 minutes
Context: Administrative or wellbeing
Example: Clear emails, yoga session, file documents
๐Ÿš Medium

Balanced, analytical
45-60 minutes
Project-orientated, incoming, process-based
Email campaign, schedule social media, finish presentationย 
๐Ÿฃ Large

Creative, intense
90+ minutes
Write report, edit video, project deliverableย 

๐ŸŒฟ Applying Bento

There are a few alternate ways you could use your Bento box

  • ๐Ÿ“… Week - Plan your full week with 5 or 7 boxes
  • ๐Ÿฅ… Goals - Plan your week, month, year goals with 3 boxes
  • โ˜€๏ธ Stints - Plan your morning, afternoon and evening with 3 boxesย 

Our recommendation is to use Bento to plan your first week and adapt your criteria to meet your needs.

You can also use the Bento Methodology alongside other applications and tools too.

๐Ÿ’ก TIP: Start a countdown timer for the suggested completion time and focus in by culling any distractions