Friday, April 28, 2017

If you haven't yet read lauren graham's book, please do. (don't worry, I'll wait while you amazon prime. Back? Cool) It's chocked full of advice, like this thing called 'the kitchen timer method.' Contrary to the name, it has nothing to do with cooking & everything to do with productivity & time management. It's based on the Pomodoro technique, & although the creator Don Roos applies it to writing, it can really be applied to any task at hand. I've been practicing this method for the past couple of months and I can honestly say it works, so of course I'll give you the deets!

This article breaks down Roos' rules step by step; I've broken down my variation of things.

1// Obviously the first step is to get a timer. An old fashioned kitchen timer, a timer app, (what I use) any kind of timer really, as long as you can set it for sixty minutes. 

2// Make a plan of what you need to get done & how much time you're going to spend doing each thing. (i.e. thirty, forty five, the full sixty..) Write it down so you have a tangible reminder. 

3// During the time you've set, don't look at your phone. (I don't turn my wifi off, but that's always an option.) Turn it on vibrate, don't look at it. Turn on soothing music. I break the rule of only instrumental; whatever kind of music helps you focus is what you should listen to. 

4// GO, GO, GO! Write, budget, whatever the task is, do it. Do it for however long it takes, do it until the timer buzzes. If you're not finished, it's okay. Take a break. If you have to finish it, set the timer for another round. If it can wait, add it to the list for the next day. A little goes a long way! 

I sometimes have a hard time focusing on finishing a task, especially if it's on the computer. I get distracted, go down the pinterest rabbit hole, or sometimes just feel a bit of 'I don't feel like doing this right now,' so I've found this method incredibly helpful for productivity! You can actually get things accomplished when you sit down & focus?? WHAT?? Revolutionary, I know. 

Have you tried this method? Tell me what you think of it!


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