Sometimes one of the most difficult problems people face is actually putting aside the time to work. People often attempt to multi-task multiple projects at one time while simultaneously juggling email, Twitter, etc. Frankly, it’s an incredibly ineffective method in which to conduct your work. We aren’t computers. We’re not good at phase switching. We need the opportunity for deep work. How to do this? How to schedule, really make time for deep work?
There are a number of complex time management systems out there, but I’ve long preferred a system of time management known as the Pomodoro Technique.
- Choose a task to be accomplished
- Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
- Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
- Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
- Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break
Give it a try, I bet you’ll be surprised by the amount of work you are able to accomplish with it!
Note: This post originally appeared in May 2011. It has since been updated.