I don’t know about you guys, but I’ll kill it one week, then have a period where the only thing I can concentrate on is everything BUT work or my to-do list. Am I alone here?! As my focus started to linger more and more, I started looking for ways to be effective even during my productivity slumps.
I found the Pomodoro technique through some Internet browsing and have since become obsessed with it! Basically it’s a way to get you to focus for short spurts, then you get a break. Yay, breaks! You can play with any time variables you’d like, but I’ve been using the 25-5 method: 25 minutes of zoning in, 5 minutes of whatever you want (breaks are supposed to be free of technology).
During the 25-minute focus time you need to turn off distractions—think email, iMessage, phone upside down—and use that time to get stuff done. (This is super hard at first but you get used to it.) Then, during the 5-minute break you can get a snack, coffee, take a walk and the like.
I’ve been marking off how many sessions I can do in a day and it’s become a little addictive—but in a good way. I actually use this specific planner which isn’t necessary, but it’s nice to have especially for us Type A’s.
This technique isn’t only for work stuff either; use it for chores or basically anything you don’t have the drive for but need to complete.
Tip: 5 minutes is not enough for a true break during the day, so I’m sure to give myself 30+ minutes off during lunch where I can call a friend, eat, shop…
Have you tried this technique? I’ve also heard good things about this productivity system, but it seemed complicated. Would love to hear if you’ve tried either!