Today, I've tried the Pomodoro Technique for the first time.
Here's how it works (most of you will probably already know this):
I've set a timer on my phone for 25 minutes. In those 25 minutes, I focus on one task only. No distractions or interruptions allowed.
When the timer goes off, I take a 5-minute break. Now I can check my phone or emails, go to the bathroom or do whatever.
Then I start another timer for 25 minutes of distraction-free work.
I can't believe that I haven't tried this sooner. I've heard and read about it countless times.
But somehow ... I thought I didn't need it.
As a freelancer, I'm working from home and I'm quite good at keeping focused during the day. I neither feel the urge to turn on the TV nor to check Facebook all the time. I don't get lost in YouTube videos or my emails.
What I do get lost in are my thoughts!
I catch myself staring at my screen not really seeing what's there and just pondering about random things. That's what has to stop!
So, yes, I need a technique like the Pomodoro timer to keep me in the zone.
And it works like magic!