If you’re into life hacks, you’ve likely heard of the Pomodoro Technique. If not, then I’m super excited to share this amazingly simple way you can improve your productivity.
Simply put, the the idea is to break apart your day into 25 minute chunks with a 5 minute break in between. After about 4 cycles you take a longer 20-ish minute break. The trick is to limit distractions during those 25 minutes, so you are solely focused on the designated task. No checking instagram notifications or emails. Just 25 minutes of attention focused on one (or maybe 2) things.
I just use my phone as a timer, (“Hey siri, set a timer for 25 minutes.”) but you could also use an online tool like https://tomato-timer.com/.
I use pomodoros for big chunks of my work day, including scheduling out my time spent going through emails or social networks (making sure to close out those browsers when I’m working on something else to limit distraction from notifications). If I’m home I can use the 5 minute breaks to switch a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher. They’re also a great time do to a few stretches and shake out any desk kinks that can come from sitting in the same position for too long.
To be honest, it does takes some practice to get a hang of it, but once you’ve started the pomodoros you’ll notice a hyper productivity and for some a greater feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.
If you’ve tried this method let us know what you think in the comments!