These last few months, I've been watching my kiddo do that miraculous kind of time travel. Between dawn and dusk she has an endless supply of minutes for adventuring and play dates and getting into amazing, fabulous summer trouble.
Me? I'm up two hours before her and go to bed three hours after, and there's so much to do, and I. Just. Can't. Find. The. Time.
I've read all that stuff about prioritizing, and making lists and blah, blah, blah. For me, I can do all that, but actually implementation?
|Isn't it cute?|
Pomodoro is a method of working on something for 25 minutes with a timer (preferably one shaped like a tomato since Pomodoro means tomato in Italian). In a pinch, there are about a ton of countdown timers online you can use.
Anyway, after working for 25 minutes, you take a five minute break and then back at it onto your next Pomodoro.
So, a little math. Assuming you sleep for 8 hours (ha!), there are sixteen hours in a day. If you use the Pomodoro method of 25 + 5 minute blocks, you have 32 Pomodoros a day.
What it the world can you do with that?
- Force yourself to focus on writing - you can stay off Facebook or FreeCell for a measly 25 minutes, can't you?
- Clean something (I actually ran into a similar idea on the fabulous Fly Lady site years ago - clean/sort for 15 minutes then spend 10 putting away what you cleaned/sorted - love FlyLady.)
- Work on a project that's really, really hard for you - in a short 25 minutes it will be over!
- Couch to 5k (Okay, maybe a little over a Pomodoro, but not by much.)
- Write a blog post.
- Have an endless summer moment with your kiddo.
You can't do it all. But you can do some of it.
What would you do with 25 minutes?