How To Use The Pomodoro Technique When You Have Brain Fog
August 9, 2017
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!