I can be really flighty. Sometimes I convince myself that the breaks I take from my work are for legitimate reasons, but at the end of the day I know I have wasted a good deal of time. Ego has a way of messing with your productivity.
But I have somehow stumbled across the Pomodoro time management method, and so far it seems to be working. It especially seems pretty well-suited for creative types who need to self-motivate to get things done.
Pomodoro requires that you work non-stop with absolutely no interruptions, self-imposed or external, for 25 minutes at a time, using a timer with an alarm to regulate work sessions. Any interruption, like a sudden brainstorm which could result in taking on another task, the desire to eat, or an incoming phone call, is tallied in a spreadsheet and processed between sessions. Every day begins with planning and ends with analysis.
Since I began using it just last week, I have gotten more arranging done for my new ensemble than I would have otherwise completed in a month. This method forces me to eliminate distractions; and if you’re as easily distracted as I, you may benefit from it as well. Visit pomodorotechnique.com to learn more, and be sure to download the free eBook while you’re there. For even more resources, follow this link to Amazon.com.