Organizing your life is a crusade against chaos.
Life is messy.
Life is busy.
Mix the two together and you have a grenade that explodes into chaos.
The never-ending to-do list is a terrorist that chases you from one room to another before you get anything done.
The clock is a sworn enemy that tortures you with tick-tock reminders that time is running out and you’re running behind.
The constant distractions take your mind hostage and you can’t focus on what’s important.
You’re powerless when another urgent bomb blows up.
An illness, a demanding boss or an unexpected visitor invades your busy day.
Like a pirate, the situation swindles your time and attention away from something else.
You manage for a while, but it doesn’t take long before another grenade explodes in your face.
Now you have another mess to clean up.
But it’s never that simple.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU AFFORD TO FAIL?
Like a thief, the clutter creeps up on you.
It’s sneaky, slow and subtle until it grows into chaos.
When the chaos suddenly ambushes you, you are stunned and overwhelmed by the size of the mess.
You try to get back on track but all you see is havoc everywhere and it only increases your stress.
WARNING: IGNORING CHAOS CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR COPING ABILITY
You can’t ignore the clutter and disorganization.
Avoiding the problem will create mental chaos.
Life is messy and it can make a mess of your mind. You feel stunned and overwhelmed by the size of the mess and the time it will take to restore order.
Visual disorder hijacks your attention.
You get distracted by things that clutter your mind with questions.
Your brain is struggling to find solutions to these problems. The quest for answers creates more anxiety.
This mental chaos causes a sense of overwhelm that can paralyze.
Like a broken record, the one question your brain keeps asking is, “How will I ever take care of all this?”
DOES MULTI-TASKING KEEP YOU BUSY BUT NOT PRODUCTIVE?
The real problem comes from the pressure of trying to do it all at once. We’ve been sold a lie that we can get more done in less time with multi-tasking.
Neuroscience research claims the brain does not multi-task, it just switches back and forth between tasks. And the switching is a start-stop-start process that does not save time but costs time.
The brain doesn’t focus on one task long enough to complete it before it jerks to a different task. This uses more energy and causes more mistakes.
Do stressful events invade your normal routines and pull you in different directions?
Do you have a good life organization plan you can consistently follow?
You can put your messy life in order with the simple yet effective Pomodoro technique.
THE SIMPLE PRODUCTIVITY HACK THAT WILL CONQUER YOUR CHAOS
There’s a battle for your time and attention. If you want to win the war against chaos, you must have an effective battle plan.
But effective doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes, the simple weapon is the most effective.
You can organize your messy life with the simple yet effective Pomodoro technique.
Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato. Francesco Cirillo used a tomato-shaped timer while studying as a college student. He developed the 25-minute time block system to discipline his study time. He worked with hyper-focus for short bursts of time, then took short breaks.
The Pomodoro method allots time into 30-minute time frames. You start with a 25-minute focused work time, and then take a 5-minute break. This 25/5 time block is considered one Pomodoro. After four Pomodoros, you take a longer break of at least 15 minutes.
5 SIGNS YOU NEED HELP GETTING ORGANIZED
The Pomodoro method is the easiest productivity method if you:
- 1Think you don't have enough time.
- 2Don't know where to start.
- 3Struggle to finish what you start.
- 4Don't know when to quit until you burn out.
- 5Are endlessly distracted by any and every thing.
WHY SUCCESS IS EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK
10 TIPS FOR MAKING POMODORO EVEN BETTER
The Pomodoro method is not just for organizing your work. It is also beneficial to improve your health.
If you are in the midst of a crisis, you can even use the Pomodoro method to schedule relaxation time. The goal is to do something that will ease emotional tension or recharge your mind.
In 25 minutes, you could:
- 1Go for a walk.
- 2Call a friend who will encourage you.
- 3Meditate and pray.
- 4Write in your journal.
- 5Take a nap.
- 6Watch a comedy or something that makes you laugh.
- 7Listen to relaxing music.
- 8Take a bath.
- 9Work on a hobby.
- 10Write a gratitude list.
IF YOU CAN SET A TIMER YOU CAN GET STUFF DONE
If you can set a timer, you can get stuff done.
To get started right now, all you need is a timer.
It doesn’t have to be a colorful Pomodoro tomato timer. You can use your cell phone, watch, kitchen timer, anything that tracks time. Your timer should make some kind of noise to alert you when the 25 minutes are up, or you’ll likely lose track of time.
No matter how long your to-do list is, start with the most important tasks.
Choose a few that are top priority and schedule them into your daily routine.
Plan to succeed.
Does the baby take a one hour nap? That’s two Pomodoro intervals. Which tasks can you complete in one hour? Are there two tasks you can get done in that much time? Know what you're going to do before naptime begins.
Learn to set realistic time goals.
You might not have any time blocks that accommodate more than one Pomodoro. But maybe you have 25 minutes before work, and 25 minutes after work. If you can’t complete an entire task in one time interval, break it down into smaller tasks. Then choose the ones you can do in the amount of time you have available.
Don’t allow any distractions or the method will lose its effectiveness.
If you get sidetracked, you will not have time to complete the tasks you chose. The reason you set a strict time limit is to focus on only one thing until it is done or your 25 minutes are up. You will have to ignore the phone, doorbell and even your own thoughts.
I often have random thoughts pop into my head, like, “I forgot to call the vet! I need to get an appointment.” Keep pen and paper nearby, or use the memo function on your phone to make a reminder for yourself. Once that's off your mind, get back to work. Your brain can hyper-focus on the task because it isn’t distracted by the fear you will forget to call the vet later.
10 STEPS TO GET ORGANIZED AND CONQUER THE CHAOS
- 1Make a list of things you need to do.
- 2Use a numbering system to show priorities. Put a #1 next to the most important task that needs to get done, #2 for the second most important, etc.
- 3Don't number more than three tasks at a time. You want to be flexible in case you need to add new tasks that are more important.
- 4Decide when you can spend 25 minutes to focus on the #1 task.
- 5When your scheduled time comes, set a timer for 25 minutes.
- 6Hyper-focus on the #1 task until you finish or the timer goes off, whichever comes first.
- 7Take a 5 minute break.
- 8When you have another 25 minutes available, finish the task, or if it is complete, start the #2 task.
- 9If you work through four Pomodoro time blocks in a row, take a 30 minutes break before starting over.
- 10Always cross off the tasks you completed so you can see your progress! Then, go back to step number 2 and choose the next three priority tasks and number them, and repeat steps 3 through 10.
You are not trying to do everything on your list in one day. It may take several days to get through your initial list. As you prioritize, you may decide some things really aren’t important. Just cross them off the list.
You will also always be adding more things to your list. Or you may prefer to start a new list each week. Keep it simple and flexible and adjust for what works best for you.
Your goal is to do the most important things on your list in the amount of time you have. It may not seem like much, but you will accomplish something in 25 minutes. Within a few days, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that little by little, you accomplished many things.
ORGANIZING YOUR LIFE IS POSSIBLE
You CAN overcome the overwhelm and conquer the chaos!
The super simple Pomodoro method can help you organize your life and keep you on track.
Start your crusade against chaos today and see results within 25 minutes.
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