My Ninja Tricks For Getting It All Done
I fit a lot into my life. Though some days more than others, it’s true. I have two ninja time management tricks that help me fit so much in my days.
Tip number one – the Pomodoro Technique.
It’s named after the little tomato timers that people use in their kitchens and is like High Intensity Interval Training for the brain!
Set a timer for 25 minutes, once it beeps… GO! No social media, no distractions, just 25 minutes of solid work. A crucial component to this method is that you need to actually see a timer counting down. It doesn’t work as well if you just watch the clock on your computer; it’s something about the scarcity mentality of the time disappearing as you watch.
I use the free app called 30/30 for my countdown, but any countdown timer will work.
When the timer beeps, take a 5 minute break. Get up, walk around, do something else.
Then when the 5 minutes are up, back into 25 minutes of distraction-free work or activity!
I use it for pretty much everything to do with my business, but also for chores that I don’t want to do (which, let’s fact it, is most of them).
Here’s an interesting fact for you supporting the use of this technique: Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in 30 minute bursts of rented typewriter time at his library. He didn’t have a lot of money to spare, so after writing furiously for his allocated time, he would get up, walk around, regroup and prepare for his next writing burst.
Tip number two – I don’t waste time on things that drain me
The prime example here is cleaning. Or rather, tidying. I have a cleaner; it’s the best money I spend each week and I’m never giving her up. But I don’t tidy. In fact, I tidy so little that the cleaner said to the husbando recently ‘Sam leaves a lot of things on the floor, doesn’t she?’
Truth be told, I was a tiny bit proud of that comment.
But I also don’t spend time anymore with people who drain me. I used to get ‘Pollyanna syndrome’ when I was around negative people, trying to point out the good in rebuttal to every complaint. Now, I just don’t hang out with complainers.
I do work that I love with people that I love (oh hello there!). So I’m excited to be writing this even though it’s 10 to 11 at night right now (I had the kidlet all day, so this evening has been my work time for the day).
So another way of saying it is that I’m pretty good at saying a big fat No. Adrianna Huffington has been quoted as saying ‘No is a complete sentence’ and I am still practicing putting that into practice.
So there you have it!
Two simple secrets that are my ninja tricks to getting loads done!
Now let me know in the comments below, what is your top time management trick?
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