If you know me, you know I have the ADD. It’s something I’ve dealt with naturally since leaving college. The common medications doctors prescribe for ADD, while effective, turn me into kind of an ass with sweaty pits. Coffee, while tasty, does not actually help with focus. I’m not perfect by any means, but I’ve discovered little tricks along the way. The Pomodoro Technique is one of them. It requires planning your day, keeping focus, and setting limits/rules. I use an app on my phone to keep me on track and it works fairly well (when I’m disciplined).
I use this system because the modern office space is distracting and I am easily distracted (dramatic reenactment). We are constantly bombarded with interruptions that threaten to pull us away from the task at hand – Google alerts, LinkedIn notifications, questions from peers and managers, phone calls, Facebook notifications, email, Slack, fantasy football updates – they all pose a threat to efficient, focused work. Our brains are spinning into burnout trying to accommodate six different things at once. Only 2% of the population can effectively multitask, and focus is key(?) to the survival of a sales rep, so I had to find a system.Continue reading