As much as I
dislike it, I couldn't resist using the clickbait-y "One Weird
Trick" headline for this section. In this case I believe the
weird is appropriate.
months ago a friend (I believe it was Paul Thomson, and no, he's
not the weird part of this topic) mentioned he was testing a new
productivity tool called the Pomodoro Technique. I'd never heard of
the technique and promptly forgot about it...until I came across an article about it on the Fast
Company site. I enjoy reading about (and testing) productivity
techniques and found this one fascinating. You can even read the paper
written by the technique's creator, Francesco Cirilio, here.
technique, if you're unfamiliar with it, is simple:
off your email, phone, and any other distractions.
timer for 25 minutes.
on one task
until the timer goes off, then make a checkmark on something
you can track.
five minute break.
steps 2-4 three more times and then take a 15 minute break.
I've been doing something similar to
this for a few years, just not in 25 minute increments or as
consistently as I should. My most productive days are the ones
where I do focused work without the distractions of my phone,
email, social media, music, etc. Give it a shot. If you need help,
there's even an app (because there must be an app for everything) called Pomodoro Timer available
in Apple's app store.