My word for the year is FOCUS. I just want to focus on tasks and get things done. I am so tired of a long to-do list with not enough time to do it. It confused my mind and left me without direction.
I reached out to a business coach who helped me with an accountability tool to getting things done. I planned for the week ahead and had to stick to the planning. During the first week, I realised I planned too many tasks for a day and that my expectations were unrealistic. I started to take note of how long certain tasks took.
I was also introduced to the Pomodoro Technique to increase my productivity. The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo, a university student who was struggled to focus on his studies. He committed himself to 10 minutes of focused study time and found the tomato (Pomodoro in Italian) shaped timer in the kitchen to time himself. He found it so useful that he wrote a book about the Pomodoro Technique that consists of five basic steps.
- Get a to-do list and a timer.
- Set the Pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes, and focus on a single task until the timer rings.
- When your session ends, mark off one Pomodoro and record what you have completed.
- Enjoy a five-minute break.
- After four pomodoros, take a longer 15-30 minutes break.
The core of the Pomodoro Technique is the 25-minute work sprints, but there are also three rules to get the most out of each interval.
- Break down complex projects into smaller actionable steps. That will enable you to make progress on your projects.
- Small tasks should be group together if it will take less than one Pomodoro.
- Any tasks, ideas or requests that come up should be taken note of to come back later.
This technique is so successful because big tasks are broken down and you feel not so overwhelmed by the enormity of the tasks you need to take on. Read more https://bit.ly/3ozjEFX
I now have a better idea of how long various tasks take and it enabled me to focus for 25minutes on a task without interruptions.
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