I have organizing tools that I teach my organizing and coaching clients to help them more efficiently simplify and organize their home. The Pomodoro technique is an excellent tool to train your brain to concentrate.
The other day, a student sent me pictures of the progress she is making with her paper.
I am so proud of her.
One of the things she said was that her “25-minute pick ups” have been getting noticed by her husband.
The tool she’s nicknamed the “25-minute pick up,” also known as the Pomodoro Technique, helps you train your brain to focus.
How the Pomodoro Technique works:
Step 1: Write down on a post-it what task you will focus on doing.
Chose one thing that you want to complete. For example, write “sort the top of your dresser” on your post-it.
Step 2: Set a timer for 25 minutes.
Step 3: Focus on doing the task you wrote down.
Don’t allow yourself to do anything else during this time. Turn your notifications off. Leave your electronics in another room.
If you forget what you were doing, look at your post-it note where you have it written down.
Step 4: IF you focus on this task the full 25 minutes, you complete one pomodoro.
If you get distracted, you do NOT complete a pomodoro and must start the timer over.
Step 5: After you complete one pomodoro, take a five minute break.
Step 6: After five minutes, begin your next pomodoro. Continue until you’ve completed four pomodoros. Then, take a longer break, 20-30 minutes.
Watch this video.
Here is an EXCELLENT four minute 30 second video explaining the Pomodoro Technique.
Quiz from the video:
- What does pomodoro mean?
- Who created this technique?
- How does it benefit you?
I want you to consider how doing ONE organizing pomodoro every day could change your life!
What if you did, what my client calls it, one “25-minute pick up” each day to purge and organize your home.
Imagine what is possible!!
Keep imagining all the details of what could happen if you did one pomodoro per day.
Spend time thinking about this.
Spend more time thinking about this INSTEAD of how much you need to do, how little time you have, how no one helps you, how you are emotionally attached to everything…
Interrupt that thinking and begin to commit to and concentrate on planning and doing one pomodoro every day!
Like anything you haven’t done before, it will take practice to develop this skill.
Let me know how it goes after you’ve done this for one week.