Managing Distractions in the Era of Technology!
Annie was having her exams ahead, but her preparation is not completed yet. Daily she used to give herself many tasks and ended up with no productivity by the end of the day. Time was getting short as the days were passing by and she was getting more angry and frustrated, considering herself as a loser, imagining that she will never be able to get the ends meet. Her short temper in everyday dealings was a reflection of her inability to meet the deadlines.
How many of us can actually relate with this? How many times have you gone to bed with such dis-satisfaction of not having a productive day? I believe many of us. And due to this inability to meet the deadlines or lack of productivity we are being victimized of anxiety, depression, stress and short-temperament. It is actually the call inside blaming us and holding us accountable for not having enough guts which results in emotion outbreak.
In this fast paced era, it is nearly becoming impossible to maintain focus. We have Netflix, Torrent, Facebook, Twitter and so much that we hardly find any time to consider what’s really important. This in result is taking us away from our goals, aims and ambitions. If you sleep with a goal of completing a specific project on the next day then, you wake up with an aim of posting your childhood album on Facebook or posing with your morning coffee mug for Instagram. Fortunately if you make it to a library or any productive place then, you end up falling in relationship with your mobile phone only.
Considering the severity of our addictions and the distractions around us, I planned to adopt a whole new habit of eating a FROG with a Pomodoro! Sounds interesting? It is completely an amazing activity or formula to get your things done and live with your head — up and pride on achieving your daily tasks and completing projects on time with inner satisfaction. I experienced it myself many times and would love to share it with you as well.
To begin with the POMODORO technique, I planned my daily tasks on a piece of paper and allotted each task with specific hours and time slot, keeping my phone on flight mode, I played the timer and started working on a project that I have to repot to my boss immediately. After few minutes, the thought of looking at my mobile phone for notifications regarding any calls popped my head and rather putting off the flight mode, I wrote that distraction on a piece of paper and continued paying attention over the task I was doing. Initially it was really difficult to maintain the focus and ignore not just the phone and social media but, those distractions around as well. The timer in front of me played a vital role in saving my time as, it looked like a time bomb giving me warning with every sight. To my utmost surprise I ended up completing that project half an hour before the deadline. And I followed this same technique for the whole day which ended up giving me much more learning and accountability than a usual day and I felt a sense of achievement and conquering something new for that day. It brought a sense of immense satisfaction and happiness inside me and I realized that how important it is to complete our projects on time as, it provides us with a feeling that we are a part of a purpose and that we can do something if planned properly.
Two things played a vital role in my on time completion of all assignments and tasks for that day. First was the planning which I initially did to complete each task, I spared few moments to completely understand the project and then, splitting it into small segments, I allotted each one of them a time frame. Managing my distraction was the second secret which I followed by switching my phone to flight mode. By the end of the day when I looked at that piece of paper where I was mentioning all the distractions, I realized that the amount of work I did and the learning I received by following a Pomodoro technique was worth more than any distraction which I mentioned.
I believe rather loosing up on our self and giving up on our purpose for something as meaningless as Social Media. We should learn how to manage these distractions so, the next time you don’t have to find ways to shut that inner voice or calm your depression with a new bulk of to-do list!
This POMODORO technique is indeed a gift which I am planning to follow for the rest of my life and suggest you to do the same as well.