The Pomodoro Technique
I once heard there are two types of people in this world; those who need coffee and those who need more coffee. Well my issue has never been waking up or staying alert. In fact, I’ve always been 'too' alert (I notice everything). Dug, (the dog from “Up”) and I are similar in more ways than I’d like to admit, but especially in the “inability to stay focussed for long” category.
A former manager of mine introduced me to a technique that helped tremendously. The Pomodoro Technique, invented by developer, Francesco Cirillo, is essentially an interval system for your operating rhythm. Break down your large tasks into smaller, timed intervals and build breaks in between.
The idea is to zero-in on a singular task for 20-25 minutes then take a 5-minute break to go grab a snack, scroll thru social media or finally contribute to that group message with your friends who clearly aren't ever as busy as you seem to be (you should introduce them to this technique!).
Results may vary based on workload, so experiment until you find a work-to-break ratio that’s best. Since adopting the method, I have become much more organized and efficient in my day to day.
Check out this lifehacker.com link for more info.
written by De'Nard Pinckney, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Gray Scalable