I’m all about learning more about my work researching ways to improve my work and learning about productivity hacks and tips and tricks to get the most out of my day. As an employee, entrepreneur, wife and mother it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and pulled in multiple directions while trying to be everywhere and be everything to everyone.
So I began yet another quest for something different and that was the Pomodoro technique. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is basically setting time apart in 25-minute sprints and 5 minute breaks to get work done. Then incrementally doing four 25 minute sprints, then taking a 15 min break at the end.
While this seems reasonable and might work some times, what happens when life happens? Your baby needs a diaper change, your toddler barges into your work area, you get an important phone call at work, or something just comes up? Does that mean your day hasn’t been productive?
I stepped away from that for a while and I’d rather have a “no matter what” list of 2-3 important things I need to accomplish by the handy sticky note and embrace the inevitable interruptions as they come. I can’t ask my toddler to hold on a second while I finish a task when he wants to go to the bathroom, neither can I ignore that phone call that comes in from his daycare informing me of some emergency… so do what works for you.
Whether that’s the Pomodoro or marinara or whatever techniques are out there, just make sure it’s something you’re comfortable sticking with, that won’t leave you feeling guilty at the failure of implementing a technique rather than getting your work done.