We are living in a busy world, where everything is easily reachable and it is easier than ever to get distracted with things around us. Something pops in our head "what only takes 5 minutes to fix" or someone sents us a message on our Instagram. Our mailboxes and phones are usually the biggest distractions. Also, our to-do lists are usually filled with more than one thing and it is quite easy to start feeling overwhelmed about all of the things we need to accomplish, but feeling like we don't have enough time to do them all.
The best way to get things done, is firstly and foremost, as we cannot stress it enough- break down your tasks into many smaller ones. MUNUM planner weekly and daily task list helps you easily to organise it. If you don't' have one yet, get it from HERE. Like this, you can see, how even the biggest tasks can be easily doable or even just easy to start with. For example- if you need to write an essay, break it down into all of the steps you need to do beforehand (books, research, mindmap etc).
Then, once when you have chosen the task you gonna start doing, use the Pomodoro method.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. The methodology is simple: When faced with any large task or series of tasks, break the work down into short, timed intervals (called “Pomodoros”) that are spaced out by short breaks.
Take your phone or even better, analogue timer if you have one in hand (if you own stable working space we highly recommend investing into one to have it always on your table, ready to go!) and set the timer to 25-30 minutes AND set your phone to "don't disturb" or to "mute" mode. Then start with your task, trying to get as many things done, as you can within the 25 minutes. Don't react to distractions and if something else pops in your head what needs to be done, just simply scribble it down somewhere and deal with it later. After your timer hits the 25 minutes, take a short break- to go over your social media, answer some messages or just make a cup of coffee. Then go back to your test and repeat it four times (5x in total) and after 5 times of doing it, allow yourself a longer break, such as another 25 minutes for resting. After that- simply repeat.
Try this method with different variations, such as
1) if you have only limited time to work. Let's say you have 2 hours for productive working time, break it down 45-15-60 or whatever modification works for you. You can easily just work 2 hours straight, but the timer will help you to notify you when you need to stop/leave
2) if you have many little things on your to-do, in every break after 25 minutes, start with another one, so you will get more things done. If you finish some smaller tasks before the alarm, just reward yourself with a longer break.
Let us know how have you used the method and what variation works the best for you- others might have something to learn from your technique!