I just read an article saying "everyone of course knows what the Pomodoro technique is etc". Of course I had never heard of it so I thought I would share it with you in case you are in the same boat.
Pomodoro is a very simple time management technique. A simple egg timer type thing allows you to work in bursts of 25 minutes with 5 mins intervals. At the end of four Pomodoros you get a 25 minute break. It keeps you focused and distraction free and stops "where has the day gone?" type feeling. If during a Pomodoro you get a distracting thought ("need to call X") you are encouraged to write these down on a separate piece of paper and simply carry on.
Recent science has suggested that highly productive workers all work in short bursts with lots of breaks so I suspect there is a lot of wisdom to this. Worth a read I'd say.
1. WORK WITH TIME - NOT AGAINST IT For many people, time is an enemy. We race against the clock to finish assignments and meet deadlines. The Pomodoro Technique teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it. A revolutionary time management system, it is at once deceptively simple to learn and life-changing to use.