I don’t know about you but I’m guessing that you’re just like me in that you always have so many things to do each day, that your head is constantly buzzing. It’s overwhelming and sometimes it’s difficult to focus on one job, because the thought of all the others keep creeping into you mind.
I used to be able to multi task, at least I think I could, but now in my ‘middle age’ years I find I can only really do one thing well at a time. The challenge is to stay ‘on task’ with that one thing. To not be distracted by the washing machine beeping to tell me to empty it, by my phone vibrating with a text, email, or whatsapp message, or by my kids shouting mum even though they know I’m busy ! (telling them before I start makes no difference as I’m sure you know).
This week I’ve been subscribing to a Facebook challenge by an amazing lady called Rachael Cook – The Fired Up and Focused Challenge -which has helped me enormously to break things down and focus, so I’d like to share this little handy hint with you.
I’ve been sticking to it (more or less) all week, and have actually achieved A LOT. It’s all about doing things in chunks rather than trying to over achieve. How does that famous saying go : “how do you eat an elephant?… One bite at a time”.
So here’s the great idea. I obviously work from home, but I’m guessing you can still work this around office work – sure it’ll make you more productive!
1. Choose a task or part of a task that you need to work on.
2. Prepare your work area before you start so that everything is to hand (this is a new thing for me when I’m in the kitchen!)
3. Take your phone, alarm clock or any other timing device, and set it for 25 minutes.
4. Work on this task ONLY for the allocated 25 minutes.
5. When the timer goes off, give yourself a 5 minute break. Make a drink, go for a walk, do some yoga, anything that will get you back into your body, and not stuck in your head. This gives your mind chance to clear, and then you can go back to do another 25 minutes.
6. Do a maximum of three 25 minute blocks, before taking a longer break, say for lunch or to do an exercise routine, or to play with your kids.
My alarm clock has become my new best friend this week, and I have honestly found it pretty easy to stick to using this method.
Ok have to end now, my twenty five minutes is up!!!
Have a great day.