For a week now I have been using the Pomodoro Technique. I came across this interesting time management method some time earlier while watching a presentation by Scott Hanselman – It’s not what you read, it’s what you ignore.
As a freelancer, working from home, the view from my desk being on a street with a lot going on (view on a bar, a parking lot and the theatre’s torage room), distractions are, besides the usual stimuli on one’s computer or phone, also by way of active outdoor activities.
However, I have been much better at focusing on my work with the Pomodoro Technique. How I use the method is by keeping track of the amount of times I get distracted from work – outside of a glance at the street while I am waiting for a page to load. So I set my alarm for 25 minutes and mark ever time I am distracted for more than 5-10 seconds.
And it works! (for me) It is like a self-enforcement mechanism allowing me to track the time I waste on procrastination. This is obviously particularly useful whence under time pressure or having many things to do.
Give it a try, I would say.