July 20, 2022 | Utilize Your Time Vol 1
Focus is one of the most illusive elements in the small business journey...
I love breaking things. It’s how you get to the heart of what works and what doesn’t work. Through experimentation I discovered the core reason why the Pomodoro Technique doesn’t work for me, and why it may not work for you.
Originally, the technique was developed as focus time to accomplish difficult tasks in chunks of focus time. It became a 25-minute technique due to the creator of the system, Francesco Cirillo, use of a standard kitchen timer to time his sessions. The one he used was shaped as a tomato, Pomodoro in Italian, hence the name of the technique.
This is where my brain and the brain went on a tangent.
My brain is anaytically based in numbers, systems, trends, and effectiveness. So when I see a system that suggests a 25-minute focus time, I see five opportunities for five-minute chunks. Which just makes me more distracted... It’s really hard when the world comes at you from all directions and disrupts all your best laid plans.
This was my primary issue at the start of my entrepreneurial journey – distracted work. It led me to get a lot of things done with a 70-75% rate of awesome. Everything was good enough to get by. Good enough to complete tasks. Good enough to build a surface level relationship. Good enough to keep my head on straight.
But not good enough to be excellent.
Excellence was an illusive challenger I was always chasing.
Then I discovered Prime Sprints. Yes, they look like Pomodoro’s Technique, but they differ greatly. On your mobile device, set a timer for 7 minutes. Press the start button and drive all of your thoughts into what you are going to do for a 23-minute sprint. Focus everything down to singularity. When the timer goes off, reset for 23-minutes and get to work.
Stack two Prime Sprints together to create a Prime Power Hour. Stack as many as it takes to complete your tasks for the day.
After all, it is only through action that we can drive attraction to all of what we want in life.
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