Pomodoro in the New Year
So after a great Christmas break where I actually got to fully disconnect from my computer (9 days without sitting in front of a computer or laptop, possibly a personal best!) it has now come time to get back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, there’s still work to be done, clients to reply to and projects that need my attention.
During the break, I still found myself doing routine things from my workday like checking emails & projects and addressing anything urgent however none of that was tracked or done in a Pomodoro or anything structured. This prompted a return of those bad habits when it came to try and get back to working on Monday. I found myself multitasking, drifting between projects and not really getting a whole lot done. I would normally just blame that on the fact I’ve been on holiday and I’ve fallen out of routine but I think it’s a little more than that. While on holiday I’ve picked up some of those bad unproductive habits and brought them back with me into the office.
To overcome this, I needed to take a step back and really look at what’s on my plate, what needs my attention, and where I need to start. For me, that culminated into updating my task list in Pomotodo and forcing myself to dive back into Pomodoro’s. Once I’d completed a few Pomodoro’s I felt much better about my first week back and felt more into a productive routine. Condensing these thought dumps into something actionable for you would be to say: If you are having issues focusing or getting back into a routine after your own holiday break, stop what you’re doing and take a step back. List out everything that needs your attention and sort/filter it by priority and then dive into #1 on that list without distraction. Pomodoro or not, focusing on a single task is going to improve your productivity and unmuddle your brain.