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:

  1. Decide on the task to be done
  2. Set the pomodoro timer to n minutes (traditionally 25)[1]
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings; record with an x
  4. Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
  5. 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.