There always seems like there are to many things to do, and far too little time to get them all done. Then we compound this by procrastinating, and dragging our feet on the things we need to get done, but have no interest in completing.
We try lots of little techniques to trick out minds, so we can get through the things we have placed on our list of life’s trials. This list varies from person to person. It may be things like getting the laundry done, emptying the dishwasher and putting things away, getting the lawn mowing done in a timely fashion, working on a special report at work, studying for a new certification, etc.
One of the techniques I use frequently for these don’t want to, but need to do tasks is called “The Pomodoro Technique.” If you haven’t heard of it or used it, it is a fairly simple time and task management technique that involves the use of a Pomodoro kitchen timer to focus on work tasks. You set the timer for 25 minutes and spend that time working without stops or interruptions. You set the timer and begin to work without any pauses for as long as the timer is ticking. If you are interrupted, the timer stops. There is no pausing a pomodoro session. When the timer goes off, you take a 5 minute break away from your work.
After 4of these “pomodoro sessions,” you take a longer break for up to 30 minutes before continuing with the process. While the timer is ticking, you focus on your list of tasks without any interruptions. There are other ways to utilize the pomodoro technique to your advantage, including using a worksheet to track how much work you complete during each session, or to track notes and ideas for things you need to do after your pomodoro session so that you are not interrupted while the clock is ticking.
There will always be a few tasks that you know you cannot do for the full 25 minute session. For these, I use a “numbered” technique. For instance, I will remove 5 books from my shelves that I will donate to GoodWill. I will fold 10 items of clothing and put the away. I will organize 1 drawer of plasticware tops and bottoms. I will read 20 pages and take notes.
These items may take more or less than the time of a “pomodoro session,” but it has a finite end. And, anything with an end in sight can be much more easily accomplished.
The whole goal is to clear your short, or long list of “to-dos,” so that you can get on with the joy of life, doing more of the things you want.
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