Recently, I was watching someone’s Periscope about time management and planning. I got to thinking about how I spend my day. And I remembered a time management method that has worked very well for me in the past, the Pomodoro method.
I learned this method from Shelley Hitz, one of my mentors and coaches.
Use This Method, Get More Done
Let me explain this method. The Pomodoro method step by step:
- Take a timer, set it for 25 minutes and pick one task- anything, a household task, exercise, or work.
- When you finish with 25 minutes, then you take a 5 minute break.
- You do no more than 4 25 minute work/5 minute breaks (2 hours) without taking a longer (25 minutes) break.
- Your longer break should be something different- go outside, take a walk, if you have been up walking around or cleaning- sit and rest.
This method has worked very well for me in the past. This time, I was able to get my kitchen cleaned, my laundry folded, and work for clients done in a more time efficient way using this method.
I highly recommend trying this method for getting more done in your work day. Another suggestion that I have is to utilize a project management system, such as TeamWork. TeamWork will allow you to organize your projects and tasks.
No matter what you choose to utilize, it is important to have a system for managing your time or otherwise it will inevitably manage you. Prior to using the Pomodoro method you might want to make yourself a simple To Do list.
This will help you to know what you should focus on as you use the method. The best way to do this is to make sure that your To Do list stays between 3-5 tasks so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. If you’re like me, too many items on your To Do list will result in complete overwhelm.
So, get out that pen and paper, write your to do list, grab your timer, and Pomodoro your way through your tasks.