I find that I am fighting distractions a lot lately. Sadly, they’ve won a majority of the rounds. To be honest, it’s a struggle on my best day to stay focused, but add in a pandemic, social unrest, and just a general sense of uncertainty, and you will find me doing just about everything except the task at hand.

This morning I woke up and set my intention to be focused and take full advantage of my time, but I knew I’d need some help. Help that wasn’t in the caffeine, taurine, or sugar category.

I decided to utilize something I learned about a year ago, The Pomodoro Technique. I set the timer on my phone for 25-minutes and got to work. At first, I was completely focused, then as if on cue, my mind began to wander.

And that was okay. I didn’t fight it and I didn’t give in to it. I redirected it.

I took out a sheet of scratch paper and wrote down the thoughts as they came, then went right back at it. Some of them were work-related (Follow up with a client about a session.) some were not (Check Amazon for daily shower cleaner) When the time was up, I marked my scratch paper with a little ‘x’ to denote the completed period, and I took a 5-minute break. That was when I could stretch (which I did) check social media (which I definitely did!) even do a brief meditation (which I have neglected) and then get right back to it!

Each ‘x’ that I made to denote my finished time gave me such a sense of accomplishment, encouragement, and just…peace. If you are like me and really having a TIME with being productive, give the Pomodoro Technique a try.

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