Self-care is often considered something you do when you feel run down. But this method treats self-care as equally important to your to-do list by making it a tool that helps you to get that to-do list done. Essentially, you create a routine of self-care and productivity that hopefully lasts longer than getting one list ticked off.
Naturally, we had to check it out! After trialing a few apps, we came across this free, friendly timer app. This one is made for Apple devices but there are many similarly-styled ones out there (try this list) that follow the Pomodoro Method.
You can change how long a work session is and how long your breaks are. You can even give categories to each session (I used admin, study, errands, and housework). It'll keeps working in the background if you need the device for something else. You can track how many sessions you get done in a day, or how often a task has to happen during your day. The breaks pop up routinely and you can stretch, have a drink of water, take a breath of fresh air or grab a snack before you start again.
My favourite feature was the friendliness of the reminders to take a break - and to get back to work!
While we enjoyed this particular app, for us it's more about a style of balancing work and self-care that suits the busyness of ministry and family life - without adding extra expectations or pressure.
We'd love to hear what you think of it! Download it for free here or learn more about this style of productive self-care here.
(Note: This isn't a paid endorsement, we just really liked the app! Thanks to Matt & Dave for trialing this app with their busy schedules)
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