And Then Staying Focused

In a previous post, I wrote about how batching the tasks helps in better productivity. Today’s topic is to stay focused during that allocated timeslot.

One interesting method is the Pomodoro technique. In 1980s, an Italian entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo developed the Pomodoro technique as a time management method that can help in consistent focus and improved productivity. Basically, you can use a timer to divide the work into intervals of 25 minutes, separated by 5-minute breaks. Many people all over the world are using this technique and finding it beneficial in getting their work done.

As happens with other fields of knowledge, we see the same core methods appearing at different places and contexts. For example, in one of my favourite books The One Thing, the authors describe the concept of time blocking of up to 4 hours to focus on the most important tasks each day.

From here, we can see the same pattern here about which I have hinted before: almost every productivity technique can be reduced to this fundamental principle. Keep your head down and suffer the pain.

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