FOCUS. This is the key to accomplishing tasks each day.
Do you struggle to stay on task? Even more so when your mind is racing and you are getting interrupted?
Key in the Pomodoro method. The what? Yes, the Pomodoro method. This method was coined in the 1980s where you make a list of your tasks needed to be accomplished (I like my full-focus planner!), set a timer for every 23-25 minutes to complete a task. Once the timer goes off, take a small 5 minute break and then set the timer and move on to the next task. After 4 of those tasks, take a longer 15-30 minute break.
I'm BIG on productivity and focused time. I love that the technique is that the timer instills a sense of urgency. Rather than feeling like you have endless time in the workday to get things done and then ultimately squandering those precious work hours, you know you only have 25 minutes to make as much progress on a task as possible.
This method is a great start to those of us who think that sitting in front of a computer for 3-4 hours at a time without a break works. Our bodies need breaks! This technique forces you to be insanely focused and then get up and stretch your body, eyes and mind.
At the end of the day, you actually feel better! Like you actually put in an honest day’s work, and you tend to feel less stressed, blurry-eyed, and cramped up.
Go figure—actually standing up a couple of times throughout the day really helps.
Is this actually feasible? ABSOLUTELY!
I encourage you to get up early each day (yes even on the weekends) to start out your day with a simple routine. For example, mine consists of being up by 4:30am, stretching, reading and journaling, meditating, stretching and then working out. By the time the rest of the family is awake, I'm refreshed and my mind and body are fresh.
I highly encourage that during your breaks, especially the longer one, to go outside! Get some fresh air and sunshine. Our body needs those desperately. It's been proven through extensive research that nature is the key to relieve stress, detox our minds and encourage creativity (check out Brain Wash for more!).
So, let's learn how to work together with time, eliminate burnout, manage distractions and create a better work–life balance, using only a pen, a planner and a kitchen timer.