Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It is a tool that helps with focus and attention for a period of time. So, obviously this is a really great tool for those of us who are easily distracted. In this world today, that is most of us. What is it that distracts us from the task at hand? What is the resistance? I think this is a topic for another blog post. Stay tuned!!
The Pomodoro Technique suggests that you time yourself for 25 minutes at a time staying focused on the task at hand. I am not sure why the number 25, I have tried it and it can feel like a very long time. But they say it is the magic number. If you find it difficult though, I suggest 15 or even 10 minutes. After this time is up you are ready for a short break of 5 minutes. You could get up and stretch, go outside for a breath of fresh air, make a tea, check facebook or if your task has been sitting ie: writing a blog post (this technique is great for that) then perhaps you want to get up and throw some laundry in the washer or get a few dishes started. You get the idea.
I have always talked about using a favourite music CD in this same manner. I like to listen to music (usually a repetitious chanting type) while I do some sewing at my machine. When the CD is over, its time for me to take a break. Usually, by then I am on a roll and want to continue what I am working on. Often, the most difficult part is getting started.
You can continue on using this technique doing “pom rounds” depending on how much time you have and how many rounds are needed to get the job done.
I can get very distracted when possibly doing some research online and then find something interesting, then find myself checking email, searching on Pinterest and then back on facebook checking out what my friends are doing. Ugh!! I often have to remind myself about what I had wanted to do in the first place. Sometimes, it can all feel very overwhelming because if you are like me you want to do it all. I know that for me, having so many things on my plate, this is a great tool to narrow down what it is I need to do on this day or evening.
This tool really helps with motivation as well. Perhaps you are procrastinating about something you need to do. When you think about just being focused for 25 minutes it doesn’t seem so challenging. If it is possible to do 25 minutes perhaps I can do more.
While working on a task for the set amount of time it is important to limit any distractions that might interfere with what you are doing. Turn off notifications from from your email, facebook and shut off your phone. You may need to let others know that you do not want to be disturbed for the next hour or so.
Do you think you could try using this method? Have you used this technique or something similar? I would love to hear how you have used it or what has worked for you? Please let me know in the comments below.