Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Increase Your Productivity With One Simple Technique


Anyone else struggle with productivity?  I do and I have a feeling I'm not the only one.  For me, it's especially present with blogging.  I get so easily distracted by Pinterest, Instagram feeds, Bloglovin', etc. that it can take me an entire day to write up a post, respond to emails and visit my favorite blogs.   Crazy.  I was starting to feel super overwhelmed when I came to the realization that blogging really doesn't have to take that much time - I just needed to learn to manage my time better.  

That's where the Pomodoro Technique comes in.  It's a time management method that uses a timer to break down work into intervals of 25 minutes (called pomodoro's), followed by 5 minute intervals of rest.  It claims to maximize your focus and 'creative freshness', allowing you to complete projects in less time and with less effort - sounds pretty great, right?  I put it to the test for a solid two weeks and here's how it went:

+ 25 minute work intervals weren't long enough.  I was just starting to get into a groove with whatever I was working on, when my timer would go off signaling the 5 minute break.  I decided to increase my pomodoro to 60 minutes followed by a 10 minute break and I found that much more productive.

+ During pomodoro's, I ONLY work on the task I've assigned myself.  I turn off the TV, I put my phone in the other room (this is huge), I close my email and Bloglovin' screens and other tabs.  No distractions.

+ During the 10 minute breaks, give your brain a rest.  GET UP from the computer and move.  Make a cup of coffee, let the dog out, stretch, whatever you need to do to to be able to come back refreshed.

The results: I love this.  It helps me so much and I honestly save a crazy amount of time just by limiting distractions. Blogging to-do's that used to take me up to an entire day (!), have now been whittled down two hours/pomodoro's each morning because I'm actually focused on the task at hand while working.  I've even been able to work ahead in the afternoon by taking pictures or scheduling out posts.  Or just spend the time stalking Instagram ;) It's been really great.  

Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique or tried it before?  What's your favorite productivity practice?  
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32 comments

  1. I've never heard of the Pomodoro Technique before but I'm definitely intrigued! Going to have to give this a try!

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  2. LOVE the Pomodoro Technique, don't use it as much as I should, but the concept is genius! Glad you found a way to make it even better for you!

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  3. That is super interesting! I kind of do this on my own, but it doesn't always work. I give myself certain things to work on and set a timer. If I don't, I will get carried away with work and work all day! When you work from home, that isn't good lol. I will have to check this out! Thanks!

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  4. I've never heard of this but am so glad you found something that works for you!!

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  5. I need to give this a try! Sometimes I look at my to-do list and jump around so much that at the end of the day I wonder what I actually got done!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  6. I literally just downloaded the Pomodoro timer app on my phone after someone else mentioned it, but I couldn't figure out how to use it, so I forgot about it, but I need to try again!

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  7. Sold.... I definitely need to try this. In all areas of my life. LOL

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  8. I try to do this but then usually my phone distracts me. I definitely need to be a little stricter about sticking to the one task at hand.

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  9. Oh I totally need to try this. Although, I agree 25 minutes doesn't seem like enough. Thanks for sharing this, I totally need to be more productive. I totally get distracted by my phone.

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  10. I've never heard of this technique, but it sounds simple enough! I'm always struggling with time management, so any new techniques are worth a try! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Never heard of it. But it sounds like something I need in my life. :) Thanks for telling us all about it!

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  12. I've never heard of this, but it does sound interesting. I have a downfall of trying to work on about 3 things at once. I always need to have a piece of paper by me for ideas, thoughts, etc. This should help me stay on task for sure!

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  13. Love the Pomodoro Technique!! I plan to use it again once I actually have a routine down ;) xo

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  14. I've never heard of it but it makes perfect sense.
    I try to do something similar at work where I work for so long, then stand up & stretch - focus on something for a break & then dig back in. I think the mind needs those breaks to function better.

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  15. This is a really interesting concept. I'll have to give it a try.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  16. You're like the fifth person I've seen write about this technique in the past month - guess I need to try. Glad you're having such great results from it!

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  17. We've talked before about having the same issue of motivation, etc. (and then procrastination!) when it comes to takes (i.e. massive amounts of emails) that end up getting put off far too long. I am LITERALLY going to set a timer tonight and, thanks to you, get shiz done! xx

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  18. This is so interesting! I'll have to give it a try !

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  19. Haven't heard of this but sounds awesome!

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  20. I've heard of setting a timer when cleaning, but not for productivity. It makes perfect sense though! I'm going to have to try it!

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  21. this is fabulous girl! the time limit doesn't work for me either, i just do it in tasks. so i work on emails until i can't/don't want to anymore, and then i move on to something else. sometimes it's 10 minutes, sometimes it's over an hour. but i love the idea of at least focusing on one thing, regardless of time.

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  22. I think I could totally handle the 25 minute intervals. I am so bad at jumping for one thing to the next to the next and never really getting anything fully accomplished!

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  23. I've always done this and never even knew it was a thing! I'm always changing my times though depending on what I'm doing but usually stick with a 30-45 minute work period. I love this technique!

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  24. Never heard of this, but it sounds like a great way to increase productivity! Pinterest and IG are my number one distractions. I may need to try the 60/10 rule of thumb :)

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  25. I LOVE this idea, I get easily distracted too (like right now I should be doing something else lol) so I so need to try this!

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  26. This is such an interesting technique! Definitely going to try it and see if it works for me! :)

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  27. I've never heard about this, but this sounds so great! I'm so easily distracted especially when it comes down to doing blogging things, I'll have to try this technique out sometime!

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  28. I get distracted SO easily! I've never heard of this and definitely need to check it out now!

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  29. I have this app and use it a lot at work when I have tasks I need to accomplish! It helps so much. xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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