“This one step—choosing a goal and sticking to it—changes everything.” – Scott Read
This quote reminds us of the importance of focus.
Focus, is one of the many facets of accomplishment that will help us remain on target for the achievement of our goals. Focus, requires us to make choices. Focus, requires the discipline to stay on task.
This brings to mind a tool I use. It’s called the Pomodoro Technique. It works like this:
- Use any type of timer and set it for 25 minutes
- Take a short rest for 5 minutes at the end of the 25-minute work period
- Repeat the above two steps until you get to the 4th iteration and take a long break
- Then the cycle begins again with 25 minutes of work with 5-minute rest periods
There are a few more rules. If you stop work during the 25 minutes for any reason that Pomodoro does not count toward your daily count. During the 25-minute work period, you work on one single task and do not deviate.
This will take some practice, particularly in the beginning, when you’ll find that you will underestimate the time it takes to do something. This is ok. For tasks that take longer than 25 minutes, you’ll schedule multiple Pomodoros for that task. When you have completed the work, you move to the next task on your schedule and work for 25 minutes at a time to accomplish it.
It is highly suggested that you work on one task until it is complete. Don’t scatter your efforts. If one task eats up your workday, no problem. The goal is to accomplish things not do busy work. After a while, you’ll get really good at estimating the number of Pomodoros it takes to do something, particularly if the work you are doing involves doing the same things over and over.
I use an app called Focus Keeper. I found this one in the Apple App store.
Until next time…