Productivity is as Productivity does
This post was sponsored by Diamond Bloggers. All opinions are my own.
I am one of those people who prides themselves on remaining busy. I get more accomplished when I am swamped with tasks than I do when I have no major commitments. Eventhough I enjoy having a lot on my plate, it can still be difficult to organize those tasks and even sometimes find the motivation to get it all done.
Even the most organized and proactive people need a little bit of help staying productive. There are a million and one methods of getting things done, but today I would love to share the method I use to keep things from slipping through the cracks.
First a little background…
I work a fast paced, high demand, engineering procurement job. What that exact means isn’t as important as it is to know everything I touch was due yesterday. Forgetting a seemingly minor detail can completely derail an entire project schedule and let me tell you, you do not want to be the guy or gal who prevented an on time delivery. There is a fair amount of project management in my personal and professional life, and there are also so many moving parts involved that forgetting something is almost inevitable. It took me a few years to stop driving myself insane and to get my productivity down to a science. But I am proud to say I have it figured out!
After years of spinning my wheels, I finally found my productivity sweet spot in the Promodoro productivity method.
What is Promodoro Productivity?
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. This technique prevents mental fatigue and promotes mental sharpness by not overwhelming the brain with constant work. Instead tasks are broken down into uninterrupted 25 minute intervals. After each interval you take a 15 minute break. After 4 intervals you break again for 15-20 mins.
Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for ‘tomato’, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.
I break tasks down in a way that typically does not exceed 100 minutes in one week. Once I complete 4 intervals, instead of breaking again, I tend to move from that task for the week.
This may sound complicated, but this technique became a breeze when I started tracking my progress through a journal. My journal of choice is the Productivity Planner. I have boasted about this planner before in a previous blog post, and I still cannot stop saying nice things about it. It makes prioritizing my most important tasks simple, and it adds an element of fun to checking off each 25 minute work interval.
If you live a busy lifestyle, as most of us do, you absolutely must find the method that works best for you. If you find the pomodoro technique is too rigid, there are certainly other effective ways to figure out how to be more productive.
Long story short…
Regardless of which method you choose, getting it all done absolutely requires some degree of effort. Staying on top of it all can bring such a sense of accomplishment, and it will probably keep you less stressed out in your daily life.
How do you stay productive? I would love to get more tips! Jump in the comments and let me know what productivity hacks work best for you!