I was pumped up with energy recently while searching for tips on Quora on how to better my life, and one of the thing that keeps popping up is the Pomodoro Technique. The idea is to break up the task you want to complete into 25 minutes intervals, with 5 minute breaks between intervals. You can use an online Pomodoro or buy a Pomodoro timer.
I have tried it and it works! During the 25 minutes, you must focus on the task at hand and not be distracted by any distractions like Facebook, Twitter, or phone. Continue your 25 minute work and 5 minute rest routine for your task, you may set a task 3 Pomodoros for example.
Besides that, from the book I recommended few days ago, 59 seconds by Richard Wiseman. The author gave participants a set of questions and he identify which question are more likely to be adopted by people who are likely to achieve goals, the even-numbered questions are less likely to be successful while the odd-numbered questions are more likely to be successful:
- make a step-by-step plan.
- motivate myself by focusing on someone that I admire for achieving so much (e.g., a celebrity role model or great leader).
- tell other people about my goal.
- think about the bad things that will happen if I don’t achieve my goal.
- think about the good things that will happen if I achieve my goal.
- try to suppress unhelpful thoughts (e.g., avoid thinking about eating unhealthy food or smoking).
- reward myself for making progress toward my goal.
- rely on willpower.
- record my progress (e.g., in a journal or on a chart).
- fantasize about how great my life will be when I achieve my goal.
So, it was important to make a step-by-step plan, tell other people about your goal, think about the good things that will happen, reward yourself for making progress, and record your progress.
PS: I am currently addicted to productivity and life hack stuff. I have set a goal to post a blog post every 2 days!