Focus and productivity go hand in hand. You know you can accomplish a ton more and live the life of your dreams… if you will just focus long enough to do the right things!
Productivity doesn’t mean just getting more done. No my friend, productivity means getting more of the RIGHT things done (and doing less of the things that don’t move you forward).
Do you want to be more productive? (I see your head nodding. I’m with you!)
I’ve finally found the tool that will kick you out of neutral and get you taking action today! You’re about to get so much done with this simple technique that you won’t know what to do with all your extra time.
This technique is so simple that I put off trying it for a while. It just seemed like a gimmicky trick that wouldn’t work for me. However, after putting it off for months (ironically) I finally broke down and gave it a try. The results? Instant focus and a breakthrough in productivity!
Keep reading, my friend, to learn how you can punch procrastination in the face and accomplish more of the important stuff starting today!
Why Focus Is So Hard
You’re a busy person, I get it. So why do you so often feel like you’re not actually accomplishing anything?
Why is focus so hard, anyways? It’s frustrating, for sure.
I think it’s because at any given time there’s a hundred things we COULD do. Therefore, it’s hard for us to say no to 99 things just to pursue 1 thing for a time. We get distracted by everything that wants our attention that we almost feel like we shouldn’t focus on the 1thing that actually NEEDS our attention.
Can I be honest? I wrote this post 3 days AFTER I intended to. I wanted to write it sooner. Time and energy were set aside to write it sooner, but I could not focus on it to save my life. This is actually what led me to seek out the very technique you’re going to learn about in this post. (In case you’re wondering, I was originally going to write about something else.)
Our abundance of choices overwhelms our ability to focus on one for a period of time. We’ve bought into the lie that more is better.
So how can you cut out the distractions that are sucking your time away or keeping you away from achieving your dreams? What technique will finally set you up to win the focus game? What simple thing can you do to kill procrastination once and for all?
Thanks for asking.
Let’s stop putting it off and get right to the focus technique that will change your life!
The Focus Technique That Gets Stuff Done
Since you need to focus on one thing, but can only do it for a limited time, you want a proven technique that channels your focus like a laser beam and gives you a finite time to maintain that focus.
Your brain can focus intensely, but it needs regular breaks for maximum results.
The Pomodoro technique is the one solution that helped me focus (and that I could actually stick with).
What is the Pomodoro technique?
It’s a technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. It uses a timer to break down tasks into intervals, separated by short breaks in between. The Pomodoro technique gets its name from the kitchen timer Cirillo used as a university student, which was shaped like a Pomodoro tomato.
How the Pomodoro technique works:
Here’s an overview look at the Pomodoro technique.
- Decide on the task you will do.
- Set the Pomodoro timer to 25 minutes.
- Work on the task.
- End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
- If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a 5 minute break. Then return to Step 2.
- After four pomodoros, take a longer break of 15-30 minutes. Reset your checkmark count to zero, then start back at Step 1.
According to Wikipedia, the goal of the Pomodoro technique is to reduce the impact of internal and external interruptions on focus and flow.
I’ve tried a few different Pomodoro timer websites. However, my favorite has got to be Tomato Timer. This timer is already preset to the Pomodoro times and sequence, and it’s super simple to use!
You might find a Pomodoro timer that you like more. That’s great! As long as it’s a Pomodoro timer, use what works for you.
Don’t Do This
The Pomodoro technique works best with a low-tech approach. Using a manual timer gives the best results because it determines in your mind that you’re going to focus for set length of time. However, in today’s world it’s not always practical to carry a physical timer around. Therefore, I recommend a simple web browser-based timer.
You can find some pomodoro apps for your smartphone, too. However, I personally choose NOT to utilize my phone for a Pomodoro timer.
Every time I even look at my phone the temptation exists to open up other time-sucking apps, so I don’t use it at all during my focus time. You might have more discipline than I do. In that case, give an iPhone app a try!
However, if focus and distractions are already a challenge for you then I highly recommend using a web browser-based timer open on your laptop or desktop that you’re doing your work on.
Set yourself up for success by cutting out simple distractions from the start!