Pomo-what? Pomodoro is Italian for tomato. The Pomodoro Technique ® is centered around the idea of using a tomato timer to get things done. What does that have to do with organizing, you ask? It’s all about efficiency and productivity.
This is the approach I used while successfully decluttering and organizing my garage in February. It’s a simple yet effective method you can use to stay on track while working on any big organizing project. This time management technique was credited by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.
It’s as simple as setting a timer for 15-25 minutes and getting as much done as you can within that time frame.
The genius part is that you HAVE to take a short break (about 15-20 minutes) when the timer goes off. Drink a cup of tea, stretch, take a power nap, anything relaxing. During your short break you cannot do anything related to the organizing project.
After your break, set the timer for another 15-25 minutes and get back to organizing. The short bursts of work with systematic breaks keep you from burning out too quickly. Less burn-out means you’ll be more likely to finish your project in a timely manner (see what I did there?)
I don’t suggest doing more than 4 timed-sessions a day. Remember, organizing is not a do or die situation. If you don’t get your organizing project done in one day that’s OK! It took me an entire month to get my garage decluttered and organized, and I’m a professional organizer! I set reasonable goals, set a timer while I worked, took breaks and got the job done without getting overwhelmed.
With the Pomodoro Technique ® can declutter, destress and simplify in short, manageable bursts.
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