Have you ever felt overwhelmed with a project, paper, or something you have to do? Does it seem too big to even begin? Here are three suggestions to help you when life seems a little too big to handle.

1. The Pomodoro Technique

This tip was provided to me by a mentor. The Pomodoro technique was developed in the late 1980s (yes, a long, long time ago) by Francesco Cirillo. This technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length and separated by short breaks. After four pomodoros, you take a break for 15-30 minutes. This technique has actually helped me stay focused on a task. Check out more information on the Pomodoro technique….and yes, pomodoro is Italian for “tomato”.

2. Ask the Expert

If you find yourself struggling with a project or task, ask someone who excels at it for help! For me, working within someone’s strengths motivates me to accomplish tasks as well. Plus, I usually learn something from that person because they are so good at what we are doing, or I realize that I am not as bad at it as I thought. Whether it is writing a paper, practicing an instrument, or just doing work around the house, it is far more enjoyable to be with people, especially when it’s with someone that makes the task look easy.

3. Reduce Distractions

This may sound like a no brainer, but for me it is the hardest when I don’t want to do something, or continue to procrastinate on a specific task. Set yourself up for success by minimizing those things that will take your mind somewhere else (i.e. phone, Netflix, Amazon, pretty much anything beside your task). If needed, put your phone in a drawer and don’t look at it until your Pomodoros are done. This is a great way to motivate and reward yourself. 😉

Whatever the task is, whether big or small, you can do it and with these three tips, it doesn’t have to be as hard. Good luck!

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