My answer would be the Pomodoro Technique with my personal twist.
Pomodoro is a time management method, basically, you will still do everything on your own but you will break down the time scale into many small sections with breaks in between.
It has long been well-known and proved to be effective in boosting productivity by many people worldwide.
6 typical steps for a Pomodoro cycle according to Wikipedia:
- Decide on the task to be done.
- Set the Pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
- Work on the task.
- End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
- If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
- After four Pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.
Actually, I consider myself to still be a Pomodoro learner, not an expert. But I soon discover that prefer to add one more step to the cycle.
Let’s call it step 4.5: recheck (optional)
I want to make sure the last 25 mins have been spent on point as I consider keeping on doing the wrong thing to be worse than procrastinate but then do the right thing.
The recheck often takes about 2 minutes or more, depending on the task I’ve completed in that 25 mins.
This twist has actually helped me a lot. My job includes a lot of writing and if there’s no double check, I would go off topic without noticing. And it will surely drive me nuts having to delete every single word and rewrite from scratch.
How about you? Do you have any tips to overcome procrastination?
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