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Another Single Dad Hack: Cleaning Pomodoros

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing some “Dad hacks” from a Marc Picket, who is raising two young kids on his own. I love his approach and hope it can help us all see a different perspective.

The second dad hack (which works for time management in general) is the Pomodoro method. Basically, I have an egg timer that I set for 25 minutes and focus on a single task until the timer goes off. This helps by making sure I don't spend too much or too little time on something.

For example, I've found that cleaning is almost never finished. I can always find something else that "needs" to be done (especially if I'm procrastinating doing something else). I now set a 25-minute timer once a week for "general cleaning" , and that's it.

Anything not done in that time will have to wait. I'm often surprised how only 25 minutes of focused work can transform my place from a toddler-torn mess to a livable place. I also remind myself that no one ever had "Kept A Clean House" written on their tombstone.

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