I think it’s safe to say that staying organized and using my time productively is something I struggle with on a daily basis. I am excited to read other #saskedchat blog posts about this topic, since I have a lot to learn in this department!
One of the best tools I have tried out lately has been a Pomodoro timer app, called Wear Pomodoro, that I use on my smart watch. Once I hit go, it starts a timer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, it will buzz and make me get up and start moving around. My watch can detect once I’m up and moving and once I am up a 5 minute timer starts, indicating it’s break time. Then, it will buzz again and it’s back to work for 25 minutes. After a number of these, the app will give me a longer break. The entire app is based on of the Pomodoro Technique.
According to Wikipedia, there are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
- Decide on the task to be done
- Set the pomodoro timer to n minutes (traditionally 25)
- Work on the task until the timer rings; record with an x
- Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
- After four pomodori, take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
I have also found that my breaks can’t be browsing Facebook or playing a game on my phone. They need to be completely different that how I am working, which is usually at a desk on my computer. I have started to build in other items I need to get done, like dishes, or a laundry, or shovelling snow. Now, not only am I getting more work done by focusing in for that period of time, but I’m checking more things off of my general to-do list.
I’m not sure how long this technique will continue to work for me, but I hope it will, at the very least, help me work towards using my time in a more focused way.
While looking up the link for the app, I also found another version for Android Wear that I’ll check out: Wear Tomato.