Last month was the most burned out I’ve ever been. I found myself waking up dreading the start of every single day, greeted by a sharp pain in my chest that wouldn’t go away. I was instantly filled with so much anxiety about all the tasks I had to get done from the time I woke up until the late hour I fell asleep — meeting tight deadlines for work, cooking meals, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, errands, appointments, and making sure my toddler was happy and cared for at all times. There was just too much to do and not enough time for any of it.

I was so overwhelmed that I ended up putting off every single thing I wanted to tackle. I would either address every task in a half-ass manner, or neglect a handful of them and only get one done . . . leaving even more work for me the next day. I couldn’t keep up with the way I was operating and handling all of my daily responsibilities — until I tried the Pomodoro Technique, which completely turned my I-can’t-do-this mindset into a bring-it-on attitude.

To do the Pomodoro Technique, all you have to do is use a timer to break down tasks into intervals. The intervals are usually around 25 minutes long with short breaks in between. To find out more about it and how exactly it helped me, keep reading.