When you’re working alone, there is no team or boss to hold you accountable, and tasks go unattended. Try forming a virtual group based on the Pomodoro technique, which works together and motivates each other.
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Shari Alexander recommends a rigorously timed work routine, with 20 minutes of work followed by a 10-minute break. Here’s how Alexander set it up:
We went around and told everyone what we’re working on and what we would accomplish during the work time. Then, one person sets a timer for the work time. We did Pomodoros – 20 minutes of work followed by a 10 minute chat break. You can set the time to whatever you like. During the timed work, everyone mutes their microphones and gets crackin’.
The number of people, the time set to work and chat, the app used to convene, and other such details are completely up to you. The larger idea is to have a group of people which lets you not feel lonely while working alone, and gives you a boost when you aren’t getting the small jobs done. Alexander said she particularly found it helpful to finish grunt work that she always put off.