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.

Chrome Plugins increase productivity

Chrome is great. It is by far the best internet browser on the market. It is just lovely.

It has all the great Google Search facilities. But one of its most neglected features, especially by recruiters, is the Chrome plugins that you can download via the Google marketplace. Normally for free.

Some of these plugins are an absolute godsend and huge time savers. What I would suggest is that you get on there, have a look, and go out there and find out what’s out there.

These are some of the ones that I use:

Zoho Recruitment
Zoho CRm
Buffer
Hunter.io
Grammarly


They are great and can be found at https://gsuite.google.com/marketplace/

They save me time. They save me effort. And with just a click of a button, you can do so many things. So get in there, start exploring, and you’ll find a whole treasure trove of things that are interesting.

Remember Chrome is the best browser with great plugins.

WooHoo!

Make sure to turn off your PC every evening

At the end of working day there is no nicer feeling than clicking the shutdown button and seeing the computer start to turn off. It is a lovely way to end the day nicely and is also good for your productivity.

So why is turning you PC or Laptop of at night good for your productivity?

Firstly, shutting down your PC and automatically updating will keep the software up-to date which should, hopefully, keep you busy and productive as updates should keep the software ticking over and ironing out any bugs.

Secondly, turning off your PC or Laptop has a lovely mental effect that it signals to you that the working day has now ended and now is the time for rest and relaxation.

Thirdly, in the morning as you turn on your PC and let it load up it will give you time to review your to-do list and also get that coffee you will need to kick ass throughout the day.

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How to join the 5am, 6am, 7am or 8am club, or 11am!

 If you want to get up in the morning early, refreshed, and ready to go, you need a good night’s sleep. However, you will also need a waking up routine.

Awaking up routine is just as important as a bedtime routine. Necessarily there is a process of waking up and staying up. Firstly,  have your phone across the room, not next to you, or your alarm clock across the room and not next to you.

So when the alarm goes off, you have to physically get out of bed and walk to the phone/alarm. Next, have a glass of water ready to drink next to the alarm clock or phone.

The longer you are ou Lastly, once you have drunk the glass of water do five press-ups. This will get you awake and keep you awake. Going across the room means you have to step out of bed and walk to the alarm to turn it off.

The further you have to walk, the more likely you are to stay up. Drinking the water hydrates you and will start to kick-start the brain into going from sleep to awake mode. And doing five press-ups will get you active, will get the heart pumping, and will get you thinking that you are awake.

Once you’ve done this, go downstairs or leave the room. Doing this every day will keep you awake. That’s just a brilliant way of staying awake.  

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Have a daily plan to make your days like the ayatolla of rock ‘n’ rolla

“A schedule defends from whim and chaos. It is the net for catching days” Anne Dillard.

Anne was an insightful person. How many times have you rocked up to work and worked very, very hard but seemed to get nothing done? You were busy, busy, busy but in reality, you were a busy fool.

This is where a schedule can step in and make all the difference. Now for every person, a program can be very different. If you work on an industrial temps desk you may, need to be in the office earlier compared with say a permanent consultant, however. A schedule should have three things. – Set times each day or week for essential tasks. Time set aside for admin and a level of flexibility within each timeslot.

Below we have outlined what we think is a great schedule.

8 am 10 am – Non-sales time – Tasks Review the daily plan, respond and clear your inbox, review new candidates, search current openings, candidate registration meetings, 15 minutes purposeful reading, return urgent client calls, clear any admin, go to client visits.

10 am to 12midday – SALES TIME – Business Development Calls, Lead chasing calls, Interview feedback. 12midday to 2 pm – Non-Sales Time – Submit candidate CV’s, clear inbox to inbox zero, call candidates with job offers, feedback, and updates, organise interviews,

HAVE LUNCH AWAY FROM DESK

2 pm to 5 pm – SALE TIME – Client calls, Business Development Calls, Chase up CV’s, follow up on leads, etc.

5 pm – 6:30 pm – Approach calls to candidates, update calls to candidates, inbox zero and plan tomorrow.   

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