In last week’s post, I whined a bit about how much trouble I’ve been having actually getting down to the work of my thesis project. I am the queen of procrastination — when there’s work to be done, you can bet that I’ve got a million other little tasks that would rather get done than the actual work on the TO-Do list. Is it merely the To-Do list itself that kills the work impulse?
Anyway, after I posted last week’s rant, I got a very nice note from a Fiona, a faithful blog reader. She suggested I check out a website called ‘My Tomotoes’ — here’s the link: http://mytomatoes.com/ to help me with my little focus problem. And dear readers, let me tell you, this site has CHANGED MY LIFE.
Oh yes, the ol’ tomato-timer is now my constant companion when there’s work to be done.
Here’s how it works:
When you call up the tomato-page, you’ll be asked whether you’d like to ‘start tomato’ — clicking on the ‘start tomato’ button will call up a great big timer that’ll start you at 25 minutes and will promptly begin counting down the minutes to zero. At zero, a little timer, akin to an old-school kitchen timer will go off, letting you know you’ve successfully put in 25 minutes worth of work, and have now earned a 5-minute break, which it will also count down for you. You’ll also be prompted to write a line about what you did with your 25 minutes.
Sounds simple, right? Seriously, though, I can’t tell you how effective it is to have to answer to someone when there’s work to do, even if that ‘someone’ is a big dumb timer curiously dubbed a ‘tomato’.
What’s nice, too, is that as you work through your day, you’ll amass a whack of ‘tomatoes’ –each one summed up in a line explaining what a busy little bee you were. At the end of it, you’ll have a nice long list itemizing all the stuff you got done — which in turn helps cut down on the anxiety (brought on by feelings of ‘ahhhrg! another whole day gone – and what have I got to show for it!?’). Now I’ve got a list.
Definitely check this out: http://mytomatoes.com/
Then let me know if you find it a help, or merely a silly distraction.
P.S. It wasn’t this tomato that saved my life. I like that he’s giving me a ‘thumbs up’, though. We all need a little encouragement, right?