• Melanie Koerperich

When Focus Gets in the Way of Work

I may be the only one, but during the holidays, I always get brain clutter. Focusing on the task at hand is sometimes difficult when you are trying to figure out the next days plans, or what to buy Tommy, Suzie, and Jim. Am I right? Instead of waiting for my focus to get in the way of work, I take steps ahead of time to focus on focusing.

A Timeless Technique

The pomodoro technique was created by Francesco Cirillo to help us work smarter not harder. In short it is a very simple and effective time management system that keeps you working on the things that matter most and nothing else. Sounds pretty simple right? Why couldn’t we have started this before!

25 minutes. That’s all the pomodoro requires of you. 1500 seconds of your time to focus on the task at hand. The technique claims that humans are only able to focus on a task for about 25 minutes before they need a break or time to focus on another task. Rather than trying to change this, the Pomodoro technique works with your limitations. Here’s the basic recipe:

  1. Pick a task you need to accomplish.

  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes and start working

  3. When the time rings, take a 5 minute break

  4. Repeat steps 1-3

  5. Every four cycles, take a 25 minute break.

That’s as simple as it gets! Maybe even sounds too simple to be effective right? Well I decided to give it a try for just one morning at work.  That was months ago and I haven’t turned back. Are you ready to become more efficient in your work? Then give it a try!

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