FocusList is one of my most favorite productivity apps these days. It’s loosely based on the Pomodoro Technique – a way to work that involves 25-minute work sessions followed by 5-minute breaks. While I have plenty of meetings & appointments throughout the day, during my open hours I’ve started to think in terms of these 30-minute intervals, and FocusList is the perfect partner.
I don’t use the app as a full-blown to-do list, mind you. No, Things 3 is still the right tool for that job. Instead FocusList acts as a disposable checklist that lets me estimate the time I’ll spend on each given task (or broad grouping of tasks) and sprint for 25 minutes at a time followed by a 5-minute break. It may seem counterintuitive to break for 10 minutes out of every hour, but doing so purposefully is far more effective than you’d think. Having done this for a while, I can tell you I get way more done when I plan my day this way. And when I don’t, I end up wandering aimlessly through my to-do list. No bueno.
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