I recently wrote about a new time management technique I discovered called the Pomodoro Technique. Essentially, it's a method of timed, focused task completion where you work in 25-minute increments, with a short (usually 5 minute) break between sessions. After four sessions, you take a longer break, generally 30 minutes. I decided to give it go to see if this would work for me because frankly, at times I get distracted or I have so many things I want to accomplish I keep switching from task to task. Read on to find out my thoughts.
As I said, I was up for the task (no pun intended) of finding out if this technique would work for me. Surprisingly, I am pleased to say that during my 25 minute sessions, I was more focused and driven. Let me back up though. The first day was rough. I wanted to check the time and/or not stay on task. The second day was better but I was still distracted a bit but by the third day, I completely forgot I was being timed and I stayed on task during each of my sessions. I started on February 27, so it's only been a few days but still, I definitely see the potential in using this task as a way to stay focused.
I realized just how much time I waste on a daily basis...checking email, social media, etc. This technique worked well for me because I didn't spend a lot of time on this unproductive activities. In fact, I've gotten my email sessions down to two a day and I spend about the same amount of time on social media. And I've gotten a lot of work done quicker. For instance, I had finished three articles long before their due date because I was more focused. Not that I ever turn an assignment in late, but I finished all three assignments several days before their due date. This gave me time to do other things while I wait for more assignments to flow in.
I plan to continue to use the method on a regular basis. But stay tuned, I've just today learned about a similar method that uses 52 minute timed sessions so I'm going to check it out.
I normally keep my political opinions to myself. But this Donald Trump—David Duke—KKK situation compels me to speak up. Living in Louisiana, of course I know who David Duke is. Being a member of the race on the receiving end of the Klan’s wrath, of course I know who they are. The question is whether a man of Trump’s age would have knowledge of this racist group and the former Grand Wizard? I find it impossible to believe that he does not know anything about the Klan. Forget the fact that his father is rumored to have been among their membership, did he not attend school at some point in time? I’m pretty damn sure this was covered.
As for David Duke, he claimed to not know who is, yet he previously harangued him. So he either has a case of Alzheimer or he thinks that everyone is “the uneducated”. Also, I highly doubt he was unaware of the endorsement. I’m sure he have people keeping an eye on things like this and was probably aware of it. He should have gotten ahead of the situation and disavowed him before others demanded that he do so. Even if secretly he welcomes his support (and the support of other hate groups), he could at least , in public, act appalled.
I think this goes to show just how much of egomaniac Trump is. It seems that no matter what the controversy is, he feels he’s rise unscathed. And what’s worse, his supporters are still drinking his Kool-Aid.
Now, you have the right to vote for whoever you want and that goes for Trump supporters. My problem is he has no real solutions. He seems to spend more time berating and belittling others. I find it hard to believe that any intelligent person would think that Trump is presidential material. Yeah, he’s amusing to a certain point. But presidential. Fuck no.
He also seems to think that running the country would be like running his business. Like he can just command and it will be done. He’s gonna build a wall and send the bill to Mexico. Fool please. He keeps talking about how he will be able to handle the deficit, yet he has failed ventures and bankruptcy in his own personal life and is currently being audited and sued. But he wants to run the country. This is a man who, despite all of his wealth and upbringing is the type of person you can’t take anywhere because you know damn well they are gonna act up and cause of scene if they don’t get their way.
This is not the person that should be leading our country. Don’t waste your vote simply because you want the democrats out of office.
Myra Faye Turner, Writer