Being busy and getting things done are actually two different things. Sometime we may lose focus from distractions such as social media and emails that we may seem busy but not actually accomplishing anything.
This is where the Pomodoro Technique comes in. The Pomodoro Technique is a simple time management technique that prevents burn out and creates a small block of focused time.
You’re supposed to shut off your email, stay away from social sites, turn off your cell phone if you need to and focus for 25 minutes at a time until the timer goes off. Doesn’t seem that much time, right? But when you use that time to work undisturbed it goes a long way.
Here is the official website. You don’t have to buy anything to learn about the technique. It is described on Wikipedia here and I found an online pomodoro timer here or you can find a timer app for your browser or phone.
Try it a few days and tell me how you like it.
If you need something to block you from social media, try the Anti-Social app. It’s inexpensive and works great. (You will need to restart your browser after running the app to effectively block sites. Took me a few times to figure that out).
You can tweak the method however you want. For instance, I go in 1 hour blocks instead of 25 minutes and I take a 5-10 minute break. I have been using this technique about two years and I stuck with it because it is so simple yet affective.
What about you? What time management techniques or apps do you use that help you focus?