Productivity is a big factor in success. You have to be able to focus in order to produce results. For me it’s a huge obstacle some days. At times I want to be checking my email, glancing at my twitter, responding to Facebook chats, or messages, and monitoring all my notifications on my Facebook, and my cell phone.
When you are in college, and working towards a degree you are paying thousands of dollars for productivity needs to be one of your focuses. This is a major investment in your future. Here are the three things I’ve done to conquer my productivity problem.
1) Embrace The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals called ‘Pomodori’ (from the Italian word for ‘tomatoes’) separated by breaks. Closely related to concepts such as timeboxing and iterative and incremental development used in software design, the method has been adopted in pair programming contexts. The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility. There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
1. decide on the task to be done
2. set the pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
3. work on the task until the timer rings; record with an x
4. take a short break (3-5 minutes)
5. every four “pomodori” take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
I personally use FocusBooster to set my 25 minute blocks of time and time them.
2) Plan your day
Every morning my first 25 minute block of time is plan my day ahead. I open my calendar and check for appointments, and then I plan out the 3 most important tasks to be accomplished for the day. I then set out to accomplish them in 25 minute chunks of time carefully planning lunch, and dinner. I turn off my cell phone and attack work. After my first 25 minute block of time I then reward myself with some email time, and then after my second some facebook. I generally can clear email, and Facebook in 5 minute blocks. Lastly during lunch I clear Twitter, and plan my tweets ahead for the next day, you can even do this with Facebook too. Nobody really cares about the spontaneous in between posts but your well thought out quotes, and sayings those are the ones that get the most interaction anyhow.
3) Eat properly
Lastly one of the key things that boosted my productivity is eating better. If I didn’t have time to eat a proper meal I will always make a quick protein shake, and if I need an extra boost I throw in an avocado to the shake.