Wondering how to use the Pomodoro Technique to stay focused when decluttering? (Wondering what the Pomodoro Technique is?) Read on to learn about this productivity technique.
by Susan McCarthy
Have you found yourself zigzagging throughout your home, putting stuff away and then decluttering that space instead of staying focused on the area where you started working? And let's not forget about the times we have to look on Amazon, right now, for products that could help us stay organized.
And shouldn't we check in on the friend we haven't heard from for a couple of days? Or plan what we'll have for dinner tomorrow. Or, anything - anything - that could be more interesting than matching socks. (Because it was a little embarrassing to explain that you were late because you were trying to find a matching pair of socks.)
Oh, wait, isn't this an article on staying focused? Here we go...
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Technique includes sprints of focused work followed by brief breaks. You may most often see references to this technique in relation to do mentally-taxing work. However, because it alternates between focused work and breaks, you can also use it to improve your productivity when decluttering.
This technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s and gets its name from the tomato-shaped timer he used to improve his productivity.
How to use the Pomodoro Technique
As a productivity technique, it doesn’t get simpler than this:
Why this productivity technique can help you stay focused
The Pomodoro Technique can help you stay focused because you know you're working in timed segments of just 25-minutes. If you think of doing something else, you can look at your timer and tell yourself, "Oh, I can do that in 11 minutes." (Or however much time you have left for the Pomodoro.)
These fairly short blocks of time mean that you can switch your focus to a different (brief) activity or take a break in a few minutes. The technique requires breaks so if you're used to pushing yourself to do just a bit more work (and a bit more) before you stop, you'll stop that habit.
And even though taking multiple, short breaks may seem like a waste of time or a distraction, they can rejuvenate your focus. You may even complete that decluttering task a bit faster.
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