Are you back at work?
Are you lucky enough to still be on holidays?
The happenings in 2020 messed with my holiday schedule and I didn’t end up taking a break. Not even a short stay-cation.
So by Christmas, I was absolutely, fall asleep in my soup, exhausted.
I had a lovely family Christmas, then time with friends at the beach. I spent the last week gardening and socialising at home.
And then suddenly my break was over and I was back into work; meeting people, writing and preparing content for 2021.
Now you must believe me when I say that I totally love what I do and I never, ever wake up dreading the day ahead.
But this last week, I was struggling to get my creative and motivated boots on.
Have you found it hard to get back into work this year?
I mentioned to a writer friend about my lack of mojo in the office and she told me she’d had the same problem and was using the Pomodoro Technique to get moving on a series of education pieces she’s been working on.
Yes, you heard right, Pomodoro. Italian for 'tomato'.
The Pomodoro Technique has been around since the 1908s and is based on the premise that we can only really concentrate on a task for 25 minutes before we lose focus.
The way it works is that you first decide on the task to be done. Then set a timer for 25 minutes and work on the task until the time is up.
Then you take a 5 minute break, grab a coffee, go outside, just move away from the task.
If you need more time to finish the task, set the timer for a further 25 minutes, followed by a 5 minute break.
Each of the intervals (25 mins plus 5 mins) is called a Pomodoro.
If the task is complex or taking a long time, repeat for a total of 4 pomodoros then take a longer 30 minute break.
The Pomodoro people say that using a timer set for 25 minutes help encourages people to work with the time they have. It creates a feeling of urgency and makes focusing on the task easier.
I tried it as I was writing this piece and it's worked for me. I wrote this article in one pomodoro. Reviewed and edited in another pomodoro.
The Pomodoro Technique is something I'll give some more attention and practice to.
I'd love for you to try it out for yourself and let me know what you think of the Pomodoro Technique.
If you try it and find you’re still procrastinating or getting nothing done, call me.
That’s a whole other problem we need to sort out.
Take care of you,
Emma Taberner is a qualified Leadership and Executive Coach, Speaker, Facilitator, author and self-confessed Human Behaviour nerd. With over 20 years Supply Chain industry experience and 10 years coaching and mentoring frontline leaders, she is passionate about helping people to understand how their behaviours determine their effectiveness and success in business, relationships and in life. Emma works One to One, with groups, both face 2 face and online. She focuses on small business owners and their teams to create engaged leaders and sustainable business growth.
When she’s not building future leaders you can find her flying her Super Cub, being in the great outdoors, growing her own food and hanging out with her husband of over 20 years.