Mom, YOU can relate!
The craziness starts even before their little feet touch the floor:
- Getting their breakfast ready for their empty tummies
- Making sure they do their morning chores
- “What am I going to cook for lunch?”
- Morning Devotions
- Cleaning the kitchen
…and it’s still only 9am!
The demands on me as a mom make it essential for me to multitask. My days are filled with “the urgent” that needs to be taken care of NOW, like a hungry newborn. My daily tasks also include “the important”, like making my husband’s lunch, taking time to listen and converse with my son or playing tea party with my eager daughter.
The demands on our plate as moms are numerous. More than getting through our “to do list” what most of us really strive for is to be efficient in our home. We don’t just want to get the job DONE, but to get it done WELL!
I recently heard that in order to really be more efficient with our time one should do one thing at a time instead of multitask. This makes sense if you really want to focus on a task and really give it your best.
Multitasking is something that comes easy to me and that I do as second-nature. I also want to be more efficient with my time so I have been working on focusing on the task at hand. I found a little treasure on Ann Voskamp’s blog to help me in this effort! The Pomodoro Technique!
It’s VERY SIMPLE:
- Pick ONE activity.
- Set the time for 25 minutes
- Do the activity for the set time, with NO INTERRUPTIONS OR DISTRACTIONS.
- At the end of the 25 minutes, stop!
- If not done, take a 5 minute break, and then continue for 25 minutes.
There is a bit more explanation to this on the site and even the book if you really get into it.
I started using the technique a few weeks ago. Has it helped? Yes! It has helped me with:
Procrastination When there is something that I know has to get done but I don’t feel like doing it, I at least give it 25 minutes. Most of the time it takes way less than I expected to complete it!
Efficiency It really helps me control my habit of multitasking. The sound of the timer reminds me that I have a set amount of time to complete the assigned task, so there is no time to tackle anything else!
My only challenge is finding a time in my day when I can do the task with no interruption and distraction. Is that really realistic for a homeschool mother of 6? I don’t know when it will ever be ;)
Give The Pomodoro Technique a try! I found a great way to carry your Pomodoro timer anywhere you go! I found a free version of it for Android mobile devices! I went ahead and purchased the paid version. This gives me the option to list my tasks right on the app!