Brain fog is sadly something we have to deal with in everyday life. Whether it’s due to a lack of sleep, a chronic illness, medication or running yourself ragged after another tiny human being, brain fog is here to derail us from our goal.
[su_quote]aka brain fatigue where you can get mental confusion that can strike without warning. When this occurs, it is common to experience a lack of focus, poor memory recall and reduced mental acuity.[/su_quote]
I can’t remember where I learned about the pomodoro technique but I do know that is was many years ago, before I even started my business for sure. But I love using this method, in my life and in my business, especially when I have bad days and have had little to no sleep or I am feeling unbelievable unwell.
Why The Pomodoro Technique?
Well because it’s so simple and it works!
What do you do?
- Pick a task that you want to do
- Set your timer for 25 minutes
- Do the task!
When the timer pings at the end of the 25 minutes you either continue on the same task for another 25 minutes, pick another task or take a 5 minute break.
What can you do it with?
Pretty much anything really but some of my favourite ways to use it are:
- Read and replying to emails.
- Planning and posting my social media.
- Writing blog posts and newsletters.
- Creating graphics.
- Forward planning.
- Cleaning my desk.
- Doing a quick round of yoga.
- Sorting laundry (while listening to my favourite female entrepreneurs).
I tend to use the pomodoro technique in a morning when I’m not doing so well and with crazy afternoon slumps when procrastination might be at an all-time high. While I happily use the timer on my phone you can use the Be Focused App to help you keep you on task.
One thing I have found though, once I get in the ‘zone’ setting my alarm for every 25 minutes gets annoying but I’ve found a new technique to help with that, which I’ll talk about in another post.
Give the pomodoro technique a try for any activity when you’re not feeling focused and see how much it can help you!