3 Productivity Techniques Women in Finance Should Try

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It's time to sit down and get to work—or is it time to take a nap? Photo by Windows via Unsplash

It’s official: remote work is here to stay for the foreseeable future. How it looks might vary: some of us are working in a home office/office building hybrid, going into our communal workspaces a few days out of the week with our masks and hand sanitizer in tow. Some of us have moved our offices entirely onto the kitchen table and aren’t looking back. Although the productivity myth about working from home has been debunked, it can get challenging to stay motivated around your work when all you’re doing is sitting at home day in and day out.

If this sounds like you (because it sounds like me), then it’s time to get serious about your strategies for planning and carrying out your day efficiently and effectively. As women in finance, entrepreneurs, and in a lot of cases now, homeschoolers, it’s important to organize your day and avoid falling into a spiral of chaos week after week.

So, we’ve compiled a short list of a few productivity techniques that might work for you. Depending on what you’re looking to accomplish with your days and your work style, consider trying out one of these strategies.

The Pomodoro Technique

The intention behind this approach is to make time work with you and not against you. The basic process includes 6 steps:

  1. Choose a task you’d like to work on.

  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes

  3. Work without any interruptions. No phone, no nothing. Immerse yourself in what you’re doing.

  4. Once the timer goes off, stop working.

  5. Take a short break! Get a glass of water or go for a quick walk—just make sure you’re not doing anything work-related.

  6. Repeat! Once you’ve completed 4 blocks of time (or, pomodoros), you can take a longer 20-30 minute break. The idea is that this will give you time to rest and process all of the information you’ve just compiled.