February 8, 2023
What's the dream, ambition, project, or goal you've put off for too long? Commit one daily tomato to it, starting today.
We all have something that needs our attention but never gets it.
A book you want to read.
A book you want to write.
A skill you want to learn.
A product you want to build.
A company you want to start.
A cause you want to support.
Ideally, we'd spend a lot of our time on these activities. In reality, other obligations always win.
What to do? 🤷♀️
Throw a tomato at it, every day.
One 🍅 represents 25 minutes of attention dedicated to one task without distractions. (As per The Pomodoro Technique.)
Any goal eventually yields to the force of a daily tomato’s consistency.
Consistency means doing something regularly, at a set frequency, or without exception. Meditate daily, never drink alcohol, read one book per week -- that consistency over time is where the real power comes from.
Writing half an hour per day might not sound like much, but if you do it every day, you end up with over a hundred thousand words written per year (in my case). As author Gretchen Rubin writes in her book The Happiness Project:
"What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while."
From “Consistency is the key to lasting behavior change.”
One tomato of focus spent daily on a goal gives incredible results.
Not after a day. Not after a week.
After some weeks, you'll notice a difference.
After a few months, you'll be amazed at what you've achieved.
The 🍅s add up, all spent working on your goal. But what happens outside of those 25-minute sessions is powerful too:
Eight tips to get started and keep your momentum:
Our app Lifeline is the perfect companion to pursue your daily tomato with if you’re on Mac.
Lifeline’s progress bar visualizes your session duration and amplifies focus.
🍅s appear every time you complete a 25-minute cycle.
The history view makes it easy to see if and when you earned tomatoes.
Emojis and text labels let you indicate which sessions you spent working on your goal.
Lifeline also connects with your calendar, so you can plan your daily sessions there and start them in Lifeline.
Many of Lifeline's features are free, and you can try the Pro features for 14 days without paying. (Plus, we'll permanently lower the pricing of the Pro package later this week; keep an eye on the Saent blog for more info.)
What's the dream, ambition, project, or goal you've put off for too long?
Commit one daily tomato for the coming month, starting today.
Share your goal with the community, or tell me on Twitter. We can discuss how to overcome obstacles or give support when you've missed a day and need some motivation.
Give it a try, and experience the power of Pomodoro for yourself. 🚀
By tracking your 🍅 average for all your work, you get a more accurate picture of how much productive work you can do in a day or week. Check 👉️ Pomodoro planning: Step-by-step guide to track and finish work with 🍅s (incl. free template).