In this series, How To Create A Time Management System That Works For You, we’ve talked about:
- Awareness – finding out exactly where/how you are spending your time
- Elimination – stop doing those things that are obvious time wasters
- Setting Priorities – deciding what tasks are most important to you and your big picture
- Time Blocking – picking chunks of time to work on specific tasks – and scheduling it
- Batching – doing similar tasks in the same blocks of time
By going through those steps, and mastering those skills, you will have a strong time management game.
But what if you STILL have things that are holding you up?
You know… those tasks that you dread… the ones you either don’t want to do, or you’re not sure how to start. Those tasks can be time-stealers of the first order.
So what can you do?
The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a simple approach to task management that, at first, may feel like you’ll never get anything done.
But what makes this method so powerful is the fact that it is CLEARLY manageable. There is a specific start time, and more importantly – a set time to STOP.
Those two pieces are sure to reduce your overwhelm immediately. Knowing that there IS an end in sight makes all the difference when it comes to starting one of those dreaded tasks.
And once you get your butt in the chair and actually get to work, you might surprise yourself with how little time the task actually takes.
I explain in more detail in the video:
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