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Working from home can mean unstructured days and having spent 35 years in education where my day was punctuated by a bell every 50 minutes, this concept resonated with me.

 

Lynndas Timer

I first came across this technique when I was following FLYLADY online, a great system for keeping on top of your housework and getting your kids involved too. 

The concept is, if you have a job you don't want to do  and keep putting off, well we are talking about housework! you set your timer for say 15 minutes and dive in there.

You can do anything for 15 minutes, right? After 15 minutes you can  take a break, go do something else or commit for another 15 minutes. Funnily enough this really works and for jobs I didn't enjoy it was amazing actually how much you can get done in 15 minutes. Well actually we all know how much you can get done in  15 minutes if the phone rings and someone surprises you with a call that they are 15 minutes away.  

I have fallen off the waggon FlyLady wise but being at home and the extra cleaning I am sure we all doing has made me turn back to her.  

My reason for sharing this concept today is that next week many of you could have kids around you a whole lot more and this technique works wonderfully with kids. So set a task and set your timer.... How much can we tidy your room in 15 minutes..... How long can they have on devises or to share devices. The school day is broken up for a reason and I hope you aren't going to set a timetable of lesson with your children at home, but what I do suggest you do, is timetable in the break. This also helps control the snack situation so bonus there. 

You may well see this technique called the pomodoro technique after the timers that look like tomatoes, (really you mean not everyone has a pear timer) .  I have never studied it under that name until today to write this article where I discover it a registered trademark with training course for coaches that cost around £800 wow.  

Anyway there you go my suggestions are :-

* Set out the breaks in your day, plan them, how will you spend them etc especially important if someone else is at home.

* Use your timer to set chunks of time, especially for the tasks you usually avoid.

* Turn off notifications until the next break or fo set periods of the day.

* Enjoy what you do, and enjoy the satisfaction of getting the job done quicker than you think.

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