Gooood morning and Jummah Mubarak friends!
I hope you are having an amazing Ramadan so far.. and can you believe it is more than half way done ALREADY?!? I am trying to savour each and every day of Ramadan especially as this is the LAST Ramadan I have a flexible schedule and will be at home. Next year, I will be working full time and in a different city.. so that Ramadan will look a LOT different.
Fun fact – I was nicknamed a AAA battery when I was younger because my initials were AAA and also I never ran out of power. Well, guess what – I do run out of power! Some days, I can barely change out of my pajamas and I forget to brush my hair.
Other days, I steam roll through my to-do lists and get stuff done! We are all human and no one is perfect. And neither am I!
For the days that I do get stuff done, I feel SO good (and tired) by the end of the day! On those days, I use these THREE tips to keep me sane and help with punching things off the list.
1.Make a daily task list with your THREE must to-do’s for the day.
Now I will be upfront – I got this idea from Jenna Kutcher. Everyone, including me, makes lists. Its just that, these lists can get TOO long and INTIMIDATING! Raise your hand if this is you. It definitely was me, and time was passing me by and nothing was getting done. When I heard this on the Goal Digger Podcast on one of the episodes, I was intrigued to try it out.
The key is to identify THREE things that you have to get done, and not touching ANYTHING else until those three things are done. So for me, for today my top three are: 1. Finish final draft of manuscript 2. write blog post and 3. work on discussion of second manuscript. Sounds easy right? Well I am doing the second one right now and I will NOT be checking my email or anything else (except instagram LOL) until the list is done. Hopefully. I say hopefully, because I ain’t perfect.
2. Batch your work!
I talked about this in my recent instagram post – but honestly, I cannot stress this enough! Block off times in your calendar or day book for when you want to get something done. SO if you block off two hours for one task, then you JUST focus on that one task such as for me this morning it was blocking off an hour to finish the final draft of a manuscript.
Our brains are NOT designed to multi task and there is a pretty significant switch cost on productivity. Batching your time to focus on ONE task, OPTIMIZES your productivity and REDUCES your switch costs.
3. Use Pomodoro Intervals
If you don’t know what the Pomodoro technique is… I highly recommend reading more about it HERE . In summary, it is a time management technique created by Francis Cirillio in the 80’s where 25 minute time intervals are used to maximize productivity. You set your timer for 25 minutes, shut off all distractions (i.e. all browser tabs.. and I also put my phone on airplane mode so no emails/messages/notifications can come through) and I just power through the 25 minutes. Our brain’s have an average attention span of about 20 minutes. It is NOT humanly possible for your brain to focus on any task for more than 20 minutes. So the 25 minute Pomodoro Interval is 25 minutes to give you a few minutes to get into the grove of whatever you are doing and then when you find that you are running out of steam, your time is already up! Once the timer is up, you take a 5-10 minute break. Check your socials.. but not email (remember, NUMBER ONE) or do a quick downward dog. And then get back to it!
After every interval, put a check mark on a piece of paper. Once you have done 4-5 25 minute intervals, evaluate how far you have come!
You can use any timer – I use the one on my phone or you can also use this popular timer. My only hesitancy with this one is, that it is open in your browser… making you more susceptible to opening another tab. And we all know how that goes right?
So if you make your top 3 list, assign 2 hours to each of the top 3 and THEN apply Pomodoro Intervals to each of the two hours – I GUARANTEE that you will feel like you just climbed a mountain (your brain will hurt.. but the adrenaline rush will be so worth it!).
Thats all you guys! Honestly, try them out and let me know if they work for you!!
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