Pomorodo method

I use to be a go-getter or a late night hustler. I could come up with an idea and burn the midnight oil working. I am not sure if it is kids, getting older or just being exhausted but I have become a major procrastinator. Honestly, I am embarrassed to say it out loud but there are days that I just don’t want to do anything but eat rocky road ice cream and binge on Netflix originals. Unfortunately, the way my life is set up I am not able to spend my days on the couch. I currently manage PinkBoss while co-owning two additional businesses {Divas In Defense & vTea}. I am also a project manager for an email marketing company and I have a family. In between all this, I try to have a social life. I am busy but that isn’t an excuse because in order for all these things to work in my favor I have to get it all done. I will admit some days I get it right and some days I don’t. I have tried so many different tools and tips to tackle my to-do list but over the past few years, I have found these top 4 tools to get it done.

    1. Sunday brain dump. I spend my Sunday night writing down all the things I need to do that come to my head. I do this in silence and try to think of all the things both personal and in business in no particular order. After I see my huge list, I separate the list and rewrite it for both personal and divide it amongst my businesses. Then I circle the top 3 in each category. The top 3 are what I focus on each Monday morning and then tackle the rest of the list throughout the week.
    2. Pomodoro technique using Be Focused app. I searched high and low for tools to help me tackle my to-do list. After trying several different tools, the Pomodoro method was the best technique for me. The Pomodoro method was created by Francesco Cirillo. The method is designed to take your tasks and break them down into small, short sprints. After you complete each sprint (Pomodoro) you take a short break. After completing 4 Pomodoros, you take a longer break. Here is an example of how I use this method:
        1. Choose a task
        2. Set your timer to 25 mins (I use an app called Be Focused but you can use any timer)
        3. Work the task until the Pomodoro time ends
        4. Take a short 5-minute break
        5. Start the next 25-minute Pomodoro
        6. Repeat this 2 additional times (4 Pomodoros total) and then take a 30-45 minute break.

      1. An old school wall calendar. Yes, I use the calendar on my phone but there is nothing like an old school wall calendar to see your month at a glance. We have a family wall calendar that we post both our personal and business schedules. This allows the entire family to stay aware of upcoming events. I update this calendar each Sunday with my families help.
      2. Asana I am a project manager by trade so I love a good project management tool there are several out there but I have found Asana to be the best fit for me and my team. Asana is a simple to use project management tool that helps me stay on track and serves as a central location for things related to projects I am working on.

      Bonus: I have one more tool that has helped me tremendously. My accountability partners. I have several people in my life that keep me accountable. I have 4 people that I will send tasks or goals that I need to complete and it is their job to make sure I get it done. They do this through calling, texting, or calling me out on Facebook. Haha. Whatever it takes to get it done. I use these partners for major my tasks and goals.