Are you finding that your to-do list just keeps getting longer? I found a tip that has helped me get more done on a specific task. It’s the Pomodoro Effect. It calls for working on task for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. Sounds simple? It is not as easy as it sounds. The first few times I tried it, thoughts about other things I needed to do kept coming into my head and it was distracting. Good news, there is a resolution for that. Jot the idea down on the bottom of another sheet of paper and go back to the task at hand. I know it seems simple, but it has really helped me get more done on a specific task.
I have a silent timer and set it for 25 minutes and then get to work. If a distraction happens that interrupts the time, then that 25 minute segment has to be reset and started over when you get back to the task. After a couple of interruptions, I am really ready to stick to task. After 4 time segments have been completed, it is time for a longer break, 30 minutes to be exact.
I like to stretch my legs and take a quick walk around the neighborhood. I then come back to the project with renewed energy. Don’t be tempted to work through your 5 minute breaks, they are important to maintaining your focus and energy. Give it a try and thank Pomodoro (Italian for tomato). Check back to see how that name came to be used.
Do you have a tip that you use to get things done? Comment below and share it with the online community. That is what it’s all about – learning from each other.