managing my time

As my time management lately is somewhat less than adequate, it has come to drastic measures i.e. turning off all technology for an evening to see how much I can get done. A lot it seems! Yay!

However, turning everything off is not the most practical option - sometimes a girl needs to listen to a particular song which she may not have on tape, or urgently add a new idea to a spreadsheet, or look at kittens to calm herself down. It's a tough existence without Mr Lappy, and although I'm glad I tried it as an experiment, it's probably not going to be something I can do more than once a week in reality. I need a method which I can do every day.

A while ago, my holistic therapist suggested I use a mini chalkboard to keep a list of daily/weekly tasks, which would be regularly updated, where I could tick each off once it had been completed. I'm the kind of person who likes having to-do lists and stuff to tick off - it gives me a sense of having accomplished something and increases my motivation when I see a long line of ticked-off objectives.

I've been trying the chalkboard thing for a while now, and although I do still get distracted by pretty things occasionally, at least it's a step in the right direction. Now my focus is slightly better after seeing just how much I can achieve when I put my mind to it, I just need to sort out my time management. I've heard of a thing called The Pomodoro Technique, and I think it's something I should have a go at doing: it's a simple time management method, developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s, which uses a timer to break down tasks into 25 minute chunks, with 5 minute breaks between each chunk. I'm pretty sure I can manage focused bouts of 25 minutes without too much of a problem, and to make it more fun, look at the pretty timer I bought myself in Carnaby Street at the weekend:


Look at his cute robot face! How could I possibly let him down?

I will let you know how it goes... wish me luck!

8 hellos:

fingersandtoes said...

That is an awesome timer. I use Pomodoro but with a Chrome browser plugin (which switches off access to my favourite websites while I'm working but still allows access to important research sites). I also use http://teuxdeux.com for my to do list.

Vixie said...

Isn't it cute? Yeah, I've thought about that before. And I tried teuxdeux, but there was something aboutit I didn't like. Classic ol' chalkboard is good enough for me :)

Claire said...

Good luck, sweet girl! I often compartmentalise my day, so I'm interested to see how you get on.

Cxx

Siobhan said...

Good luck - am sure you will rock this technique!

Vixie said...

Thank you ladies - will let you know how it goes!

PhilH said...

I have a pomodoro timer app on my Android phone. Kind of forgotten it's there though. I have been vaguely productive today, but I'm really quite looking forward to the Internet blackout period when I move in with my best lady (15 sleeps!) as I can get on with finishing my not-very-secret project without too much distraction.

Apart from, of course, the *massive* distraction of the woman I love being there all the bloody time.

Oh dear, this comment has morphed into a serving of immeasurable gloopy soppiness.

Vixie said...

I think it's adorable that that comment turned into soppiness :) where are you guys moving to?

PhilH said...

New Cross. Straight down the East London line!

(I am already straight down the East London Line, just a bit further down)

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