Daily Gleanings (13 June 2019)

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Todoist has a helpful guide on getting started with the Pomodoro technique. The guide comments in part:

half of all workday distractions are self-inflicted — meaning we pull ourselves out of focus

It isn’t just the time you lose on distractions, it also takes time and energy to refocus your attention. After switching gears, our mental attention can linger over the previous task for upwards of 20 minutes until regaining full concentration. Indulging the impulse to check Facebook “just for a minute” can turn into 20 minutes of trying to get back on task.

How can we teach ourselves to resist all of those self-interruptions and re-train our brains to focus? That’s where the Pomodoro technique comes in.

What makes the Pomodoro method so effective? It completely changes your sense of time.

When you start working in short, timed sessions, time is no longer an abstract concept but a concrete event.

For more about the Pomodoro technique itself, as well as its integration with Todoist, see the full post.

Peter Gurry discusses some recent work on the Harklean Syriac text.