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?