An Italian philosopher used a structured working/resting time schedule to be more productive. It's called The Pomodoro Technique®.
This is what they say on their website:
For many people, time is an enemy. We race against the clock to finish assignments and meet deadlines. The Pomodoro Technique teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it. A revolutionary time management system, it is at once deceptively simple to learn and life-changing to use.
Learn how to work together with time, eliminate burnout, manage distractions and create a better work–life balance, using only a pen, some paper and a kitchen timer.
Myself, I started using the technique when we had to work from home even more than ever. Remote working can be very productive, but sometimes it is difficult to stay focussed. I linger between tasks and time is ticking by without managing to get any tasks done. I really like to work on more tasks at the same time. Normally that is an even bigger problem when you try to focus.
The Pomodoro Technique helped me to stay with one task and manage the time I am working on each single task. And the nicest thing: I can still work on separate things at the same time. As a cherry on the pie, it gave me the rest I need between work.
Work hard for 25 minutes, then take a break for 5. It’s a rigorous schedule, which is geared towards driving attention to short, deliverable tasks within 25 minutes, without succumbing to distractions, either coming from the outside or self-inflicted.
The Pomodoro Technique® Core Process consists of 6 steps:
1. Choose a task you'd like to get done
Something big, something small, something you’ve been putting off for a million years: it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it’s something that deserves your full, undivided attention.
2. Set the timer for 25 minutes
Make a small oath to yourself: I will spend 25 minutes on this task and I will not interrupt myself. You can do it! After all, it’s just 25 minutes.
3. Work on the task until the timer rings
Immerse yourself in the task for the next 25 minutes. If you suddenly realize you have something else you need to do, write the task down for later.
4. When the timer rings, put a checkmark on a paper
Congratulations! You’ve spent an entire, interruption-less Pomodoro on a task.
5. Take a short break
Breathe, meditate, grab a cup of coffee, go for a short walk or do something else relaxing (i.e., not work-related). Your brain will thank you later.
6. Every 4 Pomodoros, take a longer break
Once you’ve completed four Pomodoros, you can take a longer break. Twenty minutes is good. Or thirty. Your brain will use this time to assimilate new information and rest before the next round of Pomodoros.
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