Carving Out Work Moments
With work from home and kids at home, it seems like the only way to get something done is to carve out moments to focus. Over the past few years, my use of a the Tomato Timer technique has been helpful. What I’ve learned through employing it is the minimum focus time that’s needed to complete certain tasks.
Clear out email that’s lingered over a week? That’s three tomatoes worth of focus (3 x 25 minutes)
Get done a 700+ word article and proofread? That would six tomatoes.
If I can’t dedicate the focus to it, I work on other things that can fill in the gaps. It might be a quick email, it might be a list, or a call, or a message. The goal is to get to a point where I can focus for longer and longer periods uninterrupted to do more meaningful work.