Eat that Frog with a Pomodoro
The image of a frog being eaten is unpleasant on so many levels. But putting aside the metaphorical title, the Pomodoro technique is pretty useful.
The deadline-centered technique is easy to set up, easy to manage and very effective in regulating our behavior during the set time. It’s almost as if we’ve created a boundary for ourselves and appointed a policeman to keep us from stepping outside the circle.
I had been planning to write a 1,500-word article for the past few weeks. The article required fully formed arguments and extensive research, and that in turn required undivided, uninterrupted focus for hours. Needless to say I spent the past few weeks wallowing in guilt and anxiety for failing to gather the resolve required to complete this task.
But now I have the article in my hand, thanks to the level of self-regulation embodied in this rather simple technique.
Tip: Don’t forget to get your family members on board. Let them know you don’t want to be disturbed during this time, and that will remove a major external distraction.