Oh hi! Thanks for joining me for Wise Up Wednesday! Just a couple of questions for you while you’re here…
Have you ever looked at your to-do list and felt overwhelmed?
How many tabs do you have open on your browser right now?
What should you be doing, right now?
How many unfinished tasks do you have going on at once?
Are you anxious about not making it to an important deadline?
Did all these questions suddenly make you uneasy and a little overwhelmed?
That’s what it can feel like sometimes, and for some people that’s what it feels like most the time. If you’re ‘some people’… what are you doing about it?
When I first started learning web design,WordPress, accounting, business, and a multitude of other things I felt pretty overwhelmed. Nothing was getting done. At least it didn’t feel that way. I just didn’t know what to focus on, what to prioritize. Then I came across the Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo.
Simply put, the Pomodoro Technique boosts your productivity by improving your work & study habits.
Allow yourself to only focus on ONE task at a time – without interruption (no checking your email, text, no phone calls, twitter, coffee breaks or snacks and so on)
By focusing on just the task at hand, it is a proven fact that you will get more done. Breaking larger tasks down into smaller, timed intervals called Pomodoros – working for 25 minutes, then taking a 5 minute break, and working another 25 minutes will let you stay in the right frame of mind, accomplish your tasks and goals quicker. You’ll become better at prioritizing. Which means you’ll have more time for fun stuff later on since your tasks will be accomplished quicker and more efficiently.
It takes a bit of getting used to, and a little willpower. If you’re used to multitasking or putting things off get ready for a real eye opener.
The official website of the Pomodoro Technique has awesome resources and a getting started guide complete with downloads. You can also purchase the book (e-book, audio or physical copy) and the pomodoro timer.
If apps are more your style to keep track rather than pencil and paper there are plenty to go around.
Tomighty is a desktop app for Windows and Mac
Those are just a couple to check out. The official app is in the works as well.
The time will pass whether you decide to Pomodoro it or not. Why not be more productive & see what you can accomplish in the next 25 minutes?
Have you tried the Pomodoro Technique? The apps? Share your experiences below!
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