We all like to put things off until the last minute. I know from personal experience. Truth be known, I put off writing this post for a lot longer than I should have. And I imagine, if you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to help you get the important things things done and to stop the procrastinating.
Here’s a little tip that someone has shared with me, it’s called the Pomodoro Technique, and it seems to help me a good deal (It helped me write this post). I hope that you will find it as helpful for you.
First, find something that you cannot make it through the day without. You know, things like checking your Facebook or Twitter feeds, scrolling through Instagram photos, watching cat videos on YouTube, checking your email, or reading blog posts from your favorite bloggers.
Second, set a timer for 25 minutes, and work for 25 minutes straight. Don’t stop until the timer goes off! An old school wind up kitchen timer works best, but if you don’t have one of those handy, most smartphones today have some type of countdown timer. If you don’t have a smartphone you could use this handy online stopwatch.
Third, when you’re done, and you have put in a full 25 minutes, you get to do the activity in the first step. It’s your reward. Take a 5 minute break and do what you enjoy, then go back to your timer for another 25 minutes.
Fourth, after you do 4 rounds like this reward yourself with a 15-20 minute break enjoying those cat videos, or whatever else it was in the First step that you need to help you make it through the day.
The key here is that you have to stick to it, and resist the temptation to stray in those 25 minutes. Don’t give in. Make a promise to yourself right now that no matter how much you want to check your Facebook or Twitter, read that blog post, or watch that cat video, you will honor your commitment to complete the 25 minutes. I think you will find if you can keep your promise to yourself, your productivity will increase.
So get those timers ready and let’s get some things done.