Sometimes life gets so busy that focus can be a joke. The past few weeks have been like that. Working on a new writing project, ongoing jobs from church, family stuff, kids and grandkids.
Plus, after wrecking my knee doing something dumb, I became determined to regain my health. Strengthen weak knees and arms and, the forever desire to lose a few pounds. (like one saying said, I wished I weighed what I weighed ten years ago when I thought I was fat).
I have a lot of big jobs that need time and attention, have deadlines and require the aforementioned focus. And for a couple of weeks I found myself getting stressed about what needed to be done and how I was going to get it done and when. I needed to to a reset. I had to think of the old joke. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
So I got my Pomodoro app out and set it for 30 minute segments and broke my life up into chunks. 1 Pomodoro for exercise. 1 Pomdoro for e-mail and internet. 4 Pomodoro’s on the lengthy powerpoint presentation I’m getting ready for our church’s 100th anniversary. 1 Pomodoro for lunch and the rest of the day for my latest writing project. For the 30 minutes the timer is going I only think of what I’m doing. Each job will have it’s turn. And, to my surprise, the jobs that were hanging over my head suddenly don’t seem as big as they did once I actually start working on them and stay focussed.
I’m hoping I can keep up this new and improved process. I know that I feel more calm than I did a couple of weeks ago when I was flying around, working five minutes on this, ten minutes on that, all the while wondering how I was going to get the other stuff done. Each job gets it’s turn and then, tomorrow, I can work on it some more. So far so good.
(And only one Pomodoro was used during the making of this blog post – plus another one fooling around on image sites looking for images – hey, I’m a work in progress)