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Trying Out the Pomodoro Technique

If you read my blog, you know I sometimes obsess about enjoy finding ways to increase my productivity. Everyone is limited to the same 24-hour day. As my kids get older and are in school a bit more, I’ve really worked hard to focus my work time to the hours they’re in school so that we can have fun when they’re at home. This means my [still limited] work time is precious. I’ve talked about attention management in the past and my tendency to get distracted and veer off course. Keeping Post-It notes front and center with my top 3 tasks listed has been a huge help in keeping me focused. My struggle has been, and continues to be, attention management. Working in a technical field means it’s easy to open up a new browser tab and hop on Pinterest when I’m supposed to be fixing a web page.

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Scheduled Breaks and Mindless Activities

For the past several months, I’ve been trying to take focused breaks away from my computer and work. I used to feel guilty about stepping away from my laptop — from deadlines and people waiting on me — but I finally started to listen to my brain and my body. The best thing? I’ve noticed a dramatic uptick in my productivity when I limit the time I’m in front of my screen. I see it as giving my brain a break – a break from the code I’m writing or the mock-up I’m creating – and a chance to idle or wander. I notice that, after working for a period of time, my mind has trouble focusing. I’ll switch between tasks more often. I’ll check social media sites. That’s usually my cue that I need a break.

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