It’s never been easy to focus. a problem for me. I was the annoying kid who could sit and study for up to 10 hours. a Time without complaining. It continued into adulthood and was continued until the day I died. my a series of unfavorable events. These events have occurred in the past four years my Parents and our 17-years-old dog died quickly from incurable neurodegenerative illnesses. It didn’t help that it happened alongside a once-in-a-A global pandemic that lasts a lifetime And because I’m a My genius was to create digital media my Bread and butter are an industry that is held together with fraying duct tape, brain worms and other means.

Needless to mention, I began 2022 as a Hot mess. All the time spent grieving and doomscrolling. my focus It was a mess. Things spiraled to the point where I’d walk into a You can go to another room and then forget why you were there. Then, you can return to the original room where you are supposed to be, do what you were told, and walk back into that first room. The reality is that adulthood doesn’t come with the ability to forget. a month before you’re expected to resemble a It’s possible to be human again. My problem was I didn’t know how. Surprisingly, my Answer: a tomato timer.

Pomodoro Timers can be used a Tool used with the Pomodoro Technique. Francesco Cirillo invents the idea of 25 uninterrupted minutes. a task. When you’re done, you can take a Breaks of five to ten minutes. Each interval of 25 minutes is called a PomodoroAfter four Pomodoros, it is possible to take a longer 15–30 minute break. You can use the time left to review your work and plan for future Pomodoros if you leave early. You can adjust the intervals and breaks according to your preference.

I’ve used Pomodoro I have used timers for a decade, maybe longer, but they never stuck. I used them mainly in my I was in school for the exams. Even then, I was a bit nimble with actually using it. timer.

The Focus To Do app was exactly what I needed, but you can just as easily use your phone’s timer app.
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In addition to meeting deadlines for work, I had to plan funerals in South Korea and at home. I needed to speak with probate lawyers and learn how to become an executor. my parents’ estates, deal with real estate sharks, and even spend 45 minutes explaining to a Citibank Rep that my mom was dead and couldn’t come to the phone. Everything was so urgent that I didn’t know where else to go. my to-do lists resembled CVS receipts. Worst of all was that I could barely focus Anything for more than a Few minutes a time. What I needed was a Pomodoro timer With a built-in to-do list.

After looking around the internet, I came across this site. Focus To-Do. I didn’t expect much — it’d never stuck before, so why would it now? I made a mistake a a lot, but I noticed a small improvement at the end of my first week: I was a Much better at getting small things done. Those little annoying tasks that are always put off the agenda but must be done, These tasks are always forgotten. me I felt so relieved after that week of being anxious.

What’s the Focus? app This will give you an estimate of the time it will take to complete your list. This will, in turn: helped me It helped me to see what I could do today and what needed to be moved the next day. It taught me a lot. me How long I spent on recurring chores. For example, I now understand how long it takes. me Six to eight Pomodoros will write 2,000 words.

My little getaways were a Have some fun and make some time for yourself

Meanwhile, my There were little breaks a Chance to steal some time for me. Instead of scrolling Twitter looking for brain worms, i forced myself to leave my desk. My rule was I could do anything I wanted so long as I wasn’t chained to my keyboard. I’d pick up packages, water my plants, or declutter my kitchen counter. For longer breaks, I’d go for a Walk outside or play with my rotund cat. During my grief, it always felt like I couldn’t do anything I enjoyed. It grew into all aspects of my life. my Life is about leaving me It is impossible to do anything other than show up for work. This is a silly little thing. timer It was to create space me to relax — knowing the work would get done. It was the first time that I had done this. a long time, I’m starting to feel like myself again.

All of this took time. It took place slowly over the course a year. I didn’t even notice how much had changed until a a few weeks ago. Everybody has their own method of dealing with the grief and mental fog from the past three decades. If you are like me, it is possible to find a way to deal with grief and the mental fog of the past three years. me, you’ve been scrambling for a This is how to manage your time. a Free and widely accessible tool to test. You don’t have to use the one I do or follow the Pomodoro Technique to the letter. (I definitely don’t.) You could have an actual kitchen. timer Or an app Your phone. Sometimes you just need it. a little push. This is where tomato timers come in handy.