It can often be difficult to concentrate at home. You may constantly look at your mobile phone or seek refuge at the fridge. On the Smartphone break page, we make some suggestions for apps that will help you reduce your smartphone consumption. Read on to find out what else you can do to avoid procrastination, and what tomatoes and salami have to do with it.

First, it's helpful to get an overview of all the tasks ahead of you. The Eisenhower principle can help you manage your time by dividing the tasks into four different parts. To do this, categorize each of your tasks into one of the following groups:

      important and urgent

      important but not urgent

      not important, but urgent

      neither important nor urgent

Next, devote yourself to the tasks that are both important and urgent. For important tasks that aren’t particularly urgent, it’s best to set a date when you want to devote yourself to them. You may be able to delegate urgent but not particularly important tasks to others. Tasks that are neither important or urgent can be neglected altogether. This principle helps you to structure your day and to distinguish relevant from less relevant tasks.

There are also some methods that can help you to work without being distracted every few minutes.

One example is the Pomodoro technique. In this method, choose a specific task and write down the steps you need to take in order to complete it. Then get started with following:

      Set a timer for 25 minutes of concentrated work.

      Check off what you have done.

      Take a five minute break. You can do everything you want—just don't continue working.

      After four concentrated periods of 25 minutes, you can take longer breaks of about 15 to 30 minutes.

By the way, the name of this method comes from its inventor, Francesco Cirillo, who used a kitchen clock in the shape of a tomato for his time intervals.

Another tactic is the salami tactic, in which you divide your projects and tasks into small subtasks, just like cutting a salami into thin slices before enjoying it. Work on each small subtask one after the other, allowing yourself a short break after each task.

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