Don’t be slack, take hold of those ‘between interruption’ moments and expand them to become effective periods in the day. Multiply this a few times and before you know it you’re on the road to ultimate productivity!
I wish this were completely true, but read on and i will explain the simple repeatable steps that I’ve been using for years to aid me in my work day.
Noisli & Coffitivity
To work effectively we need an environment that enhances focus and creativity. A large part of this is having the right background sounds and Noisil and Coffitivity aim to provide this to improve your focus and boost productivity. They do this in similar ways by mixing different sounds be that coffee shop chatter, rain, thunder, fire and others to allow you to create your perfect environment. Sounds interesting! but why and how does it work?
- According to a peer-reviewed study out of the University of Chicago, “A moderate level of ambient noise is conducive to creative cognition.” In a nutshell, this means being a tiny bit distracted helps you be more creative. view the study
- research suggests that small doses of distraction prompt the mind to work at a more abstract level, which is also a more creative level. Wall Street Journal (Creative Buzz)
- Coffee shops “Just Enough Distraction”—more than a dead-quiet office,…. lift the mind from thinking it’s on a deadline (even if it is), and can often make work seem more fun. Life Hacker
So now you have creative and motivational boosting sounds. But, now you need to harness all that new serene energy; that’s where the Pomodoro Technique comes in.
The Pomodoro technique is simple, you can read the book, but below are the guiding principle that will allow you to start straight away.
To Pomodoro just follow this simple way of working.
- Work for 25 minutes
- Have a 5 minute Break
- repeat 1 and 2, twice more
- Have a 15 minute break
- repeat from 1
Note: Why not use a timer to keep track i like the one by Tomato, as it give you a short history; there are many others.
You could stop here are just repeat the above, but you’d be missing out on the key point to use your time wisely, manage distractions.
- Capture—collect what has your attention
- Clarify—process what it means
- Organize—put it where it belongs
- Reflect—review frequently
- Engage—simply do. (go Pomadoro)