I first learned about the Pomodoro technique from Maren Kate and have loved it ever since. If you are not familiar with the technique it goes a little something like this:
Set a timer for 25 minutes and work on one thing.
When the timer goes off, set the timer for 5 minutes and take a break. This is one Pomodoro
Repeat until your heart is fulfilled
One of the new ways I’ve strategically started using this technique is to make a goal of doing two Pomodoros every morning before I go to work. Even though this is only about an hour of work, I find that something magical happens when I press the start button to begin a Pomodoro. I develop instant laser-focus and procrastination instantly fades.
I think it’s due to the fact that I’m only committing to working for 25 minutes at a time. So pychologically I take have as much resistance to just getting started. And as I’ve written about before, just getting started is the hardest part of Doing Work. Once you get going it’s smooth sailing.
The Pomodoro technique has helped me start tasks and get things done. I hope it works for you too.
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