I've been meaning to try out the Pomodoro Technique for something for a while. It's very simple, and it seems like a good way to break a block on being able to start things. 25 minutes seemed a bit long for something like this though, and I figured that actually we could make massive changes in 10 minutes if we focussed - and that 10 minutes is about as long as either of us can focus on tidying up without getting distracted. We work both best with a bit of pressure - and the mixture of knowing that the boring chore will be over in ten minutes, combined with knowing that I had to get the chore done within a ten minute period seems perfect to get me moving.
So we just tried it - ten minutes in three rooms, with five minute gaps in-between. And indeed, it's amazing how much tidier a room gets in ten minutes of focussed tidying**. This is definitely something to work on turning into a habit.
*I know certain people are horselaughing right now, but seriously, last time Julie went away for four days the flat got a lot tidier, because I was suddenly left with less distractions, and seem to have developed tidier habits for no particularly good reason.
**It basically goes from "WE CANNOT LET ANYONE ELSE SEE IT LIKE THIS
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