As we head back into the school season which is hectic for most parents, and extremely hectic for the special needs parent (can anyone say, “Transition”??), I have to admit that I sometimes need motivation to get done all of the things that need to get done. In other words, I need something to get my butt in gear when it comes to chores at home, because in my whole scheme of things, they are often the last priority.
If you aren’t familiar with lifehacker.com, it is a site that offers lots of techie tips, but also its fair share of life techniques that can help you simplify processes and save time. A few months ago, I read about The Pomodoro Technique on lifehacker, and have been using it with considerable success in my own life. There are even free apps for using this technique, which makes it even better.
The gist is that you set your timer for 25 minutes, and work straight through at your task until the timer goes off. You then reward yourself with 5 minutes to do whatever you’d like. You can also modify those numbers, if you want to work for shorter or longer, or reward yourself for shorter or longer. Only you know what will work for you.
Those of us familiar with visual schedules and behavioral therapy recognize this basic principle of “work-then-reward”, and the truth of human nature lies within – it’s hard to be intrinsically motivated when doing things you hate to do. The best part is that I am not too overwhelmed to get started on my chores when I break them down into 25 minute chunks, and I can walk away in the middle if I need to attend to something else.
What tricks do you use to get everything done?