I put Focus Booster to the test today. Haven't heard the buzz? It's a free productivity software available for your desktop or smart phone that is beautifully simple in concept. Essentially a tiny stopwatch, it's based upon the pomodoro method of time management, developed in the 1980s to optimize brain function and concentration.
According to the site, "There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
*decide on the task to be done
*set the pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
*work on the task until the timer rings; record the task status
*take a short break (5 minutes)
*every four "pomodoros" take a longer break (15-20 minutes)"
I didn't record my task status, else it would have been finish this (^*&^% book! ad nauseum, but I completed six pomodoros today. Oh, and if you think the 25 minute chunks are productive, just wait until you realize what you can squeeze into the 5 minute breaks.
C.J. Lyons has a great post on Focus Booster, specifically how it helps writers juggle projects and limit page-count-sucking social media. But remember, it's not just for writers. It's for anyone who wants to boost productivity.
Try it and let me know in the comments how it worked for you.