Sunday, September 08, 2013

What we’re up to this weekend

Work, work, work! I’m following a tight schedule to make a big deadline next month, but I’m still finding time to sew!

When things get really crazy, the only thing to do is to pull out the big guns: the Pomodoro Technique.

Are you familiar with Pomodoros? It’s the only reason I’m able to get anything done. Basically, you work in 25-minute chunks, followed by a 5 minute break. This is hands-down the best method I found for any task that requires concentration, like writing or translation, and I use it for blogging too sometimes. 

You can get all fancy with lists and check marks and even reward system if you want. Lol. (Speaking of rewards, I think it might be time for me to check out those fabric stores...) I'm just using a plain notebook right now, but I can often be found drooling over Asian agendas and planners on eBay... (Say stationary nerd!)

Anyhoo, my latest breakthrough has been to SEW during my 5-minute break between my work chunks – one of the many benefits of working from home! (That, and the shortest commuting time on earth.) I’ve been finding it really satisfying to do something with my hands for very short bursts. Not to mention how encouraging it is to see your sewing project progress a little bit every day. The hard part is to drop my sewing when my alarm rings, but I tell myself that I'll be able to get back to it in only 25 minutes. :-)

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  1. What a brilliant technique! I'll try that sometime. I hope the workload lighten for you soon ... but not too much, of course! :)

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  2. This way of studying sounds great! i often find myself being really productive for half an hour or so, and then stopping for a break, but not coming back to it for ages! NOT productive at all. I'll be sure to try this out. My problem with sewing/studying combo is that the table i study on is the same one i saw on, so alas sewing doesn't often happen during the semester. Maybe i should invest in another table...!

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    1. Yes, Pomodoros are also great -- read a-MA-zing -- for studying!

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  3. That's an impressive agenda in your notebook!

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    1. The agenda is often impressive, but it doesn't always mean it gets done! I try hard, though.

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  4. Oo I LOVE stationary too - and lists. This is like the perfect post. Now I know how to use up my next notebook! x

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    1. Stationary is the best, right!?

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  5. I can't work from home anymore and I hate that - I used to do chunks like this as well - and often work well into the night after a bit of mid afternoon sewing - quite happily.

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    1. Yes, this is such a luxurious lifestyle, I find. I'm grateful to be able to do that. But then again, some days I do miss the social aspect of the workplace... and that clear separation between "work" and "life".

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  6. i guess you surprise yourself by how much sewing you can get done in 5 minutes! i agree with you about being creative helps getting other things done. it gives me the energy to be able to tackle harder tasks.

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    1. You know what that's exactly it, Joëlle! I feel like I've rediscovered the power of 5 minutes!

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  7. With lists like that and a love for the agenda, you are a girl after my own heart. Your machine is such a great colour btw.

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    1. Thanks, I love the colour of my machine too. :-)

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  8. Just read your blog and the Pomodoro seems the perfect solution for me too. Spend way too much time multi-tasking = working + fb + emails etc and never get the time to sew. I'm definitely going to take your advice. A HUGE thank you sent from sunny Montpellier!

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    1. Yeah! There is also Freedom program, which blocks your internet or the social parts of the internet. It's helped me TONS when I was writing my thesis. Good luck!

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  9. Omigawd I thought I was organised - look at that notebook!!! Tell me, is that a schedule that you plan in advance, or a report on your productivity? In any case, it reminds me of Benjamin Franklin's daily schedule, which you should look up if you haven't already seen it. x

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    1. Yes, it's a schedule that I plan in the morning, or throughout the day as I go, staying a few pomodoros ahead. I tick the pomodoros accomplished as I go to keep myself on track. Benjamin Franklin is my organization hero! I love the little systems he devised for improving his life and self!

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  10. Wow that's so interesting. I can't picture sewing for only 5 minutes but I net you can get a lot accomplished. I should look into this method because sometimes I have so much to do that I end up doing nothing, its just too overwhelming

    BTW, is your machine really fuschia??

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