|"Mom, I need to use the bathroom!"|
How are we spending our summer not-vacation?
Teaching? Traveling? Getting sucked into uncompensated administrative work?
Like many of us, I'm going to try to get some writing done. And I'm trying some new productivity tricks. Here they are:
1) RescueTime. I'm using the free Chrome extension. It sits in the upper right hand corner of your browser window, silently judging you until you click on the little plus sign thingy for a report:
|I know, RescueTime. I know.|
2) Once I manage to pry myself away from distracting websites and pull my manuscript up, I use the Pomodoro technique. This is where you set a timer for 25 minutes and then sit down and produce until the time is up. I notice that I get fidgety about 10-15 minutes in (I know, I don't know how I made it this far either), so the timer motivates me to stick it out for another 10-15. The program I use for this is Pomotodo, which combines a to-do list with the 25-minute timer, but there are simple online timers out there as well.
3) Dispatch the most unpleasant task first, a technique known as Eating the Frog. (During the school term, The Frog is grading. Now it's exercise, or paying bills.)
4) I haven't tried it, but I've heard good things about Cold Turkey, which straight-up blocks distracting websites.
5) This one scares me, but I thought I'd mention it. Write or Die. Its most notorious feature is Kamikaze Mode. If you dawdle, the program will start eating your work.
Two weeks into summer term, and so far so good. (Except for the fact that I'm probably killing myself with all of this sitting.)
Miserians, how do you stay focused during the summer?