Stop Flexing on Procrastination & Eat that Frog with a Pomodoro
Most of us are used to putting off things intentionally which is so called “Procrastination”. The interesting thing is we take it as a pride and announce with dignity that we complete our tasks just before the deadlines or even later. However, what it all leads to is less productivity, poor quality and maximzed stresses for our precious brains.
We, the Generation Z and Alpha are likely to struggle with the supremacy of technology which takes over us and disables us to even complete simple tasks on time, innovation and research then becomes something unrealizable.
We can all relate to the picture above as the person is no one but each one of us, wasting his time on reading meaningless conversations, liking so called high humour memes and posting stuff. However, the question that matters is Are we going to stay like this forever? Well the answer is a big NO if we consider ourselves somehow goal oriented and passionate.
Now, once we have decided on not to make Procrastination a habit, then comes the Game of Focus! Yes, all we have to do to avoid Procrastination is to retain our focus towards important things. One of the techniques to keep your focus is to nurture our brain through a pattern of repetition which is called “Eating that Frog with a Pomodoro”.
Above is a handsome Tomato? No! it’s called the Pomodoro which refers to a 25 minutes focus technique, but you must eat those Podomoros quite many times as you can if you wish to be productive!
This is what you have to try:
- Put away all the distractions such as the mobile phone away from you.
- Select any of your task or chore you need to complete.
- Keep your focus on working for that for 25 minutes.
- If there is any distraction carrying away your mind, just write that down on a piece of paper.
- Reward yourself a break of a minute or 3 and put a tick on a piece of paper.
- Repeat all the 5 steps again until you have completed the cycle at least 4 times.
- If there is still some work pending, you can complete it with even eating more Pomodoros but this time you deserve a break with some bonus time.
For me, I was really curious to implement this idea and see if there is even anything that can help me get out of this catastrophic habit. I went to my table and planned to complete an online course I was procrastinating for days. It was about two and half hour duration. I set the timer and started off with complete concentration. Believe me, during the first 25-minutes part, I did not even care to touch my phone which was bizarre may be because there was that motivation that pushed me not to do this at all. In the second part, I experienced a pace in my progress and subsequently the curious to check my phone also grew. But still I managed not to look at my lovely phone. After almost 5 segments, I was able to complete that rigorous course which I am sure won’t be possible to complete it even in next couple of days. Cheers! I was productive. Let’s see how long can I practice that technique since I have some tough assignments coming up next as well.