We are so easily distracted by our phones/personal emails pinging us, or our spouse or children wanting us for one thing or another. I mean, you are home, aren’t you? Can’t you take a minute to help? The answer is ...YES! With scheduled breaks!
One easy way to get started is with the Pomodoro technique. Set aside 20 minutes to an hour for zero distraction work, then allow 5 or 10 minutes to take a short break. Answer that text, or help your kids with their homework.
How to Use the Pomodoro Technique
Choose the task to be accomplished.
Set your Pomodoro timer to 25 minutes.
Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper.
Take a short break (5 minutes is a good amount).
Every 4 Pomodoros, take a longer break. 15-30 minutes is good here.
You can change up the times as you get a feel for it. This will give you the opportunity to let your brain focus singularly on your work, since you know you can respond to that text, check that email, or check on the family on your next break. Give it a try and watch your productivity skyrocket.