One of my many bad habits is procrastination. When I have something boring to do or a large task, I simply put it off. By ignoring it, I can focus on doing the more enjoyable tasks that I love doing. Eventually this causes unnecessary pressure and I have to pay the consequences.

I would like to share a technique that has helped me with my procrastination and translates perfectly for studying or being more efficient at work. It was invented by an Italian who used a tomato timer so called it the pomodoro technique (Italian for tomato)

Step 1: Prioritize your tasks For The Day

Step 2: Set timer for 25 minutes

Step 3: Work on task ignoring distractions

Step 4: End Work when timer ends

Step 5: Take a 5 minutes break before next task

Step 6: After 4 Pomodoros take a longer break (15 to 30 minutes)

 You can personalise the technique to your requirements. I have found it useful to deal with the unpleasant tasks first to get them out of the way. In addition, when dealing with technical tasks, you might find it useful to make a few notes to enable you to pick up the task later.

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