The Pomodoro technique is a widely adopted and highly effective method of getting through your tasks. When it comes to that point when you need to really buckle down and focus, using a Pomodoro helps to eliminate distractions surrounding you because your mind is now fixed on getting through as much as it can before the timer runs out. This is basically tricking your brain into thinking the deadline for your task is only moments away. But even with the clock ticking (and many Pomodoro apps actually making a ticking sound) it can be difficult to truly block out everything that is going on around you.
Noise, distractions, disorganisation and clutter. They are part of the every single day. If you’re of those people who thrive in chaos, I applaud you. In this truly chaotic world we live in today you are well positioned to excel. If however you’re like me, you find noise, clutter and disorganisation truly distracting and a detriment to your productivity. Trying to work on a single task when there are conversations happening around you, interruptions about completely obscure questions, feeling disorganised because of the environment you’re working in, or not knowing what’s truly important and deserves your attention right now can lead to a significant amount of time your time being wasted. And time is an incredibly valuable resource – it is why we strive to become more efficient and effective at everything we do.
Here we will dive into the three main areas of “noise”: clutter, lists hygiene, and literal noise, and find simple ways to overcome them in order to gain more focus on your goals and achieve a sense of calm.
This is a guest post by productivity guru and good friend, Daniel Gold.
Achieving a “mind like water” and “balance” as time management guru, David Allen suggests in his book, “Getting Things Done”, is sometimes a whole lot easier said than done. To truly achieve productivity bliss, it requires something much more than “the right app” – it requires dedication and unbridled tenacity to achieve your goals.
If you’re using any kind of task management tool you have probably noticed a section for overdue tasks – tasks that you had set a date to complete, but for whatever reason you weren’t able to get to them. Without conscious action these overdue tasks will continue to multiply, like a virus, and the more they do, they more they distract your mind from what you should be doing as you begin to stress about them more and more. If you’re using the age-old pen and paper task list method then the overdue tasks are either whatever is left over each day and/or those tasks that you find yourself writing at the top of the list on each new day.
There are ways to handle overdue tasks and to keep their virus at bay, but first it’s good to understand how you work and how your tasks go from “upcoming” to “today” to “oh my god, now it’s overdue”.
It’s here! After months of writing I am extremely happy to announce that Wunderbook: Life Organized with Wunderkit is now available!
When Wunderkit was launched at the beginning of 2012 I noticed there was a lot of confusion about how to use it and when. I put this down to the fact that people were expecting Wunderkit to be “Wunderlist 2.0″. Wunderkit is actually a very different tool and when used correctly, it will definitely help you organise all areas of your life!
We all have a mountain of things to do. Some things need to be done right away, some tomorrow and some can be done later, as long as they all get done. But what if they don’t? What happens if the things you were supposed to do today end up slipping through the cracks? Tomorrow’s agenda then grows in size and there’s a bigger chance of even more things slipping out to the next day. After a couple of days, your agenda becomes too big to manage and so it’s discarded. Your life is thrown into chaos as you no longer plan your days and activities.
Recently a friend introduced me to focus booster. It has changed the way I work. It helps me to eliminate distractions and get a lot more done in much less time, and it gives me more breaks!
Typically, when you review your task list you’ll pick an item on the list that “feels” like it’s ready to be taken care of. You then might set about actually doing that task. Normally you won’t have much of a deadline to work to, or if you do it’s not a short term deadline. This means that its importance doesn’t seem as high. Then there’s the constant barrage of distractions to handle. There’s the problem of your email client constantly reminding you of the hundreds of unread emails in your inbox. Your colleague pings you over instant messenger and asks you a question. Then you remember that you wanted to follow up something you noticed on the news in the morning. Before you know it half an hour has passed and you’re no closer to being able to tick the task off as having been done.
A few days ago I was at the train station near the city. It was peak hour in the morning. As my train arrived at the platform I stepped in (along with hundreds of other people). As the doors began to close I noticed someone running as fast as they could down the stairs to the platform and when they realised that the doors had closed, I could see them curse through the windows.
It got me thinking… what’s the rush? What’s so important?
It was peak hour at a busy train station. 99% of the people there were going into the city. The next train, as indicated on the platform signs, was due in two minutes. Was it really worth that person rushing to get to the train or getting so upset when the doors closed in front them when, if they had casually walked down the stairs, they would have been able to wait comfortably for about thirty-seconds for the next train?