With the Coronavirus pandemic and shelter in place in full swing, working from home can be a tough one- especially when it comes to productivity.
With the fridge, your bed, and the t.v. all within reach- not to mention your loved ones and/or roommates around, PLUS no authoritative figure and coworkers in sight- it’s too easy to be distracted.
This is why I wanna introduce my FAVORITE and MOST effective productivity hack I’ve ever used (I even wrote about it in a blog post months ago).
Ladies and gents I give to you:
The Pomodoro Method
This is a complete game changer sis.
This method is used world-wide, and I honestly wish I would have ran into it sooner because I cannot stress this enough- it really works.
What is it?
“The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system that encourages people to work with the time they have—rather than against it. Using this method, you break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. These intervals are referred to as pomodoros.” [source]
Steps to Use the Pomodoro Method:
1- Write down your most important tasks and make them specific (for example: instead of writing “research hotels for vacation”, write down “Find 10 hotels and list prices”).
2- For each task on your list, dedicate 25 minutes to it.
3- Set a timer on your phone for 25 minutes.
4- During this 25 minute “productivity block”, silence your phone (DO NOT CHECK IT!), and cover the clock on your computer, and the clocks around your workspace.
This step is important, because it puts you into tunnel-vision for the task at hand, and you’re not distracted by constantly checking the time.
I put a post-it note over the clock on my computer like this:
5- During the 25 minutes, try as hard as you can to finish the task at hand within the time block, and if you finish it- feel free to move onto the next task.
6- Once your timer is done, take a 5 minute break. (i.e. walk outside, go to the bathroom, physically remove yourself from the area you’re working in— This step is important because you’ll be ready to take on the next 25-minute block with a fresh mind).
Now the Pomorodo Method says to do 4 blocks of these, and then at the end of the 4 blocks, take a 20 minutes break (again, away from the work area).
That’s it! That’s the method. If you follow the steps all the way through, I promise that after the first block, you’ll feel motivated and ready to take on any task thrown your way.
You guys, I swear by this method. Try it out and see how productive you are!
If you wanna learn more about it, watch this video [HERE].
If you loved this post, you’d love my [10 Ways to Protect Your Energy During the Coronavirus Pandemic] post!