Breaking up is not always Breaking Bad. When we have too much to do and are overwhelmed, a tried-and-true strategy for productivity is to break our tasks into smaller segments. Pick a project that is setting alarms off in your head. Define the specifics? Write the details down on paper. Dissect all you need to do so you can complete your project. Pick dates and make appointments with yourself to manage the steps.

When we set out to do mini tasks instead of attempting complex undertakings, our stress level is reduced significantly, just as it is easier to chew smaller bites that larger ones and the reason why most of us crawl before we walk. Think about it for a minute. Multi-tasking is so overrated. There is data that proves how debilitating it can be to try to do too much at one time. Apparently, our neurotransmitters do not like mixed signals. Without getting too far into the weeds, this translates into focusing on one thing a time so you can achieve more efficient results.

The Pomodoro Technique is one method, developed by Francesco Cirillo (another story for another day), that instructs you to set a timer for 25 minutes of focused time attend to your business. After the 25 minutes, you take a 5-minute break and then go back to another 25 minutes until you need a bigger stretch such as a 15-minute break. The idea here is to devote specific time blocks with no distractions, so you can concentrate on the task at hand. Each person has different learning styles, so the amount of time might vary from 25 minutes to 90 minutes. Psychologically, you know you are going to dedicate X amount of time toward completing a task with the added perk of knowing you will get a break.

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