Last year while writing a book proposal, I needed to keep my butt in the chair and I resisted it like crazy! Staying in place and focused is not easy when people need things from you, other deadlines are approaching, laundry is nearby, or when the call to take a nap is so strong!
Using the PM is a great way to sit still for short periods of time and tackle a project bit by bit. This method helped me write a 60 page proposal that needed a lot of TLC and focus. It was painful at times, but it worked and I will use the PM forever now.
The PM can also be used for short bursts of answering emails, paying bills, reading part of a book/article, client projects, etc.
If you try it, let me know how it goes.
The pomodoro Method
These 5 steps are called the Pomodoro Technique. It was developed in the 1980s and used for time-management and productivity.
- Pick a task
- Set a 25-minute timer
*If using your phone, put it on Airplane Mode.
- Work on the task for 25 minutes.
- Take a 5-minute break.
*Stand up and move away from the task.
- Repeat 4 times.
*After 4 cycles, take a longer 15-30 minute break.