Train Your Focus With Pomodoro
Who does not know this situation? You just started working and here comes this “Ping”. A new notification coming in. And here comes another email that interrupts what you were just about to start working on. When you look at the clock the next time, half an hour is already over. Where did all the time go to? And you did not even start yet!
On top, you wonder what you even wanted to do. You remember that you were about to start a task, but what was that again?
Sounds familiar? You got a problem! A problem with focus!
The problem with staying focused
First things first: You are not alone, dear reader! Working for a longer time without distraction on a specific task is not something we are trained for.
Our brain constantly screens the environment for potential threats. Notifications and other things that get your attention even amplify this natural screening process.
In today’s world with 24/7 availability, mobile phones and other devices that send vibrations or make noise around you, we lose our focus much more easily than 30 years ago. We live in a state of distraction most of the time.
The problem is that we are often not aware what focus even feels like. Sitting in silence and focusing on a task feels unnatural to many people. We are used to the permanent noise around us. Thus, it feels weird to work focused and we tend to disturb ourselves.
However, gaining more focus can be trained. It is like a muscle. One of the best techniques to develop your focus is the ‘pomodoro’ technique.
The Pomodoro Technique
The ‘pomodoro’ technique is a tool which trains your focus. It was invented by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. The name ‘pomodoro’ is Italian for ‘tomato’ and goes back to the clock that Francesco used – it looked like a tomato.
The technique works as follows: You work 25 minutes in a focused work session. Then you have a five-minute break. Next you start another 25-minute work cycle. These work-session/break-cycles are repeated four times. Then you take a longer break of 15-20 minutes.
This technique trains your focus and makes you more productive in a very short time.
Some tips to maximize the effect
To get the most out of your pomodoro sessions, here are some tips:
- Prepare what you want to work on in the sessions before you go in – don’t waste your precious work time thinking about what you want to do.
- Start small – don’t plan in four hours at once. Start with one session. Get used to it first and then increase the amount of sessions.
- Make use of technology – use apps like “Focus Keeper” to block any incoming notifications and to use melodies or sounds (like ocean or forest sounds) to differentiate between break and work session.
- Don’t try to do too many things in 25 minutes. You will not be able to create the entire strategy for the next year in only 25 minutes. Be realistic about what you can accomplish.
- Especially when you start out, you will over- and underestimate what you can accomplish. Have a backup list to fill up free focus time in case you finish earlier.
Remember that keeping your focus is a skill that you need to train. It will take time and practice to develop it. But it is 100% worth it.
The benefits of being focused
Most people in the world is not able to work focused or ever experienced the benefits of true focus.
Working focused is a gamechanger. In your life and in your business. When you work focused, you will get much more things done. You will come into a flow state where you can come up with solutions you never thought about.
Also, you will enjoy life much more because you will not only be more focused in your business. Being able to focus also has major benefits for your personal life. Being a good listener and remembering things your partner said makes you a great conversation partner. People see you as more intelligent and interested in your conversation partner. Being able to focus makes you a person that people want to be around. This is because you make people feel important by not constantly looking at your phone.
You see that increasing your ability to keep focused plays into all parts of your life. Use the pomodoro technique as a quick entry to more life quality and results.
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