I came across this technique when doing a Google search to find out how to do an Ignite presentation. You can get the details here:
In the past when I had to do large tasks or tasks that I didn’t really want to do, I’d find all kinds of ways of procrastinating or finding distractions to pull me away. Now I do a Pomodoro.
I set a timer for 25 minutes and make a commitment to focus entirely on that task. Then when the timer goes off I reward myself with a five minute break to do whatever I want, whether that’s going on Facebook, having a snack or doing some stretching.
Knowing that there is a time limit makes the task finite and doable. If I want to continue that task, I’ll do another Pomodoro and will continue like that until it’s done.
Now I do it for everything and I even do it with my boy. Instead of asking him to clean his room and hope it happens, I set a timer for 25 minutes and tell him he has to keep finding things to clean or organize in his room until the buzzer goes off. It’s an achievable task and instead of an overwhelming concept of cleaning; it’s a short job (and almost a fun challenge) that has a specific end point. It gets done.
Over this next week, when you find yourself procrastinating, do a Pomodoro and then come back here to let me know how that works for you.