Use The Pomodoro Technique to improve daily productivity

The Pomodoro technique is named after a kitchen tomato timer, of all things, that was invented by an Italian chap. And essentially, it’s a productivity tool that is simple, straightforward, and it’s really, really quite effective.

What you’re doing is you batch your time into 25-minute slots called a Pomodoro, and in that slot, you focus on one thing and one task only and nothing else. During that 25 minutes, that’s all you focus on, either until you have completed the task or the timer goes off.

When the Pomodoro goes off and it rings the bell, you take a 5- to 10-minute break, get away from your desk, then you come back and you do another Pomodoro. You just keep repeating like that all day. What this technique does is it sets an artificial barrier of time, it blocks everything else out, and it focuses you through creating a sense of urgency.

And it’s brilliant.

And the great thing is if someone is coming to disturb you, all you do is say, “Can you come to me at the end of Pomodoro? There’s about 10 minutes left.” And then you continue. It’s great.

Use it. I use it. Fantastic stuff.

These five quotes will make Monday better

“The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.” – Chinese Proverb

“Why do anything unless it is going to be great?” – Peter Block

“To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.” – Corita Kent

“Create with the heart, build with the mind.” Criss Jami

“If you spend to much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee

Stay off social media

I could go into this in real depth and  detail, but essentially, you don’t want to be posting onto social media directly.

Why? Because when you go onto these platforms they are designed to entice you into spending time on the platform and you do not want to spend your working life on facebook.

Social Media creates a mini-high from dopamine (the happy/addict chemical) every time you scroll down your social feed. Every comment and like recreates this mini hit. This is what you want to avoid as it will eat into you recruitment hours and only make Mark Zuckerberg richer. So to avoid this, post onto these platforms using Buffer, Hootsuite or Tweetdeck.

So kids, stay of social (that sounds like a rubbish anti-drugs slogan from the 1990’s).

6 Success Quotes to make your Monday fly

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” – David Allen

“Be patient, sometimes you have to go through the worst to get the best.” – Anon

“You can have results or excuses. Not both.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The joy is in creating, not maintaining.” – Vince Lombardi

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun’s rays do not burn until brought to focus.” Alexander Graham Bell

“My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” Francine Jay

Value Not Volume

When it comes to social media we all get bored of the rubbish content some people share. We have all been there with someone who posts absolute rubbish. However, if we really want to have an impact on social media we need to think value not volume.

So what do we mean by value? Value is what is valuable to your audience e.g. candidates and clients. Nothing else matters.

What interests your clients and your candidates are all that matters. Ask them, and then act up on it!


Less can be more

This is a repeat of the last hack.

Less can be more, especially if it adds real value.

Enough said.