Time Management Tips | What Is On Your It’s Done List?

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.


Time Management Tips | What Is On Your It’s Done List? — 1 Comment

  1. I use the “20 minutes is my friend” motto.

    Set the timer for 20 minutes…see how much you can accomplish in just 20 minutes. If you feel like going on…do so.

    Also the Chinese believe that if you move 27 objects you can change your life. Any objects will work…paper clips, rubber bands, you get the idea. It works!