Use a timer to ‘count up’: when you sit down to work, set a timer to keep track of how much time you have dedicated to that task. This will let you estimate how long tasks take, and also determine when you need to take a break or shift tasks.
Use a timer to ‘count down’ in a helpful way: use this for tasks that tend to absorb and overwhelm your attention, take too long, or you just want to get started but not complete
Timers also help to make sure a ‘break’ doesn’t turn into a ‘vacation’ (i.e. go on for too long)
- Pomodoro timers use a 25 minutes on, 5 minutes off cycle. Many of these timers can be customized to different periods.
If you don’t like the idea of a timer, you can use a bell that chimes at set intervals, to help you mark the passing of time and reclaim attention
Try out other visual timers to help you see the passage of time!
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