Most of us want to be more productive and focused. We want to get more done in less time, and work smarter, as opposed to harder. But we also live in the real world, where we have responsibilities, to-do’s piling up, people relying on us, and a laundry list of tasks that we want to get to.

overwhelmed_with_workProductivity isn’t one size fits all, and it is not a bull’s eye that we can always reach. Productivity lives alongside us every day and we are constantly tweaking it and changing it and paying attention to it and reassessing it. I know that sounds exhausting but it’s really not. Look at it as a constant companion that’s helping you get more done, but that also recognizes you are human and that you need a break.

So how do you stay productive and focused, while also giving yourself a break now and then? Enter the Pomodoro Technique.

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo (yes, an Italian, hence the name, which means tomato in Italian) in the late 1980s. The premise behind the Pomodoro Technique is that taking short, scheduled breaks while working eliminates burn out and distractions, and improves focus.

So how does it work?

pomodoro_techniqueEach Pomodoro lasts for 25 minutes, and is a highly focused work session, followed by a 5 minute break. After 4 Pomodoro intervals, you take a longer break of 20-30 minutes.

You may be thinking… “25 minutes? That’s it. How easy!” Not so fast. The Pomodoro is a highly focused work session, which means no interruptions or distractions are allowed. By other people for sure. But also, not even by ourselves. We tend to task-switch every 3 minutes according to David Meyer, a researcher at the University of Michigan who studies multi-tasking and task switching. That means that we interrupt ourselves constantly throughout the day. We may be in the middle of a task, and think of something else and move to another task (“Oh wait, I forgot to send that email earlier today. Let me just do that now.”) With Pomodoro, you focus on the task at hand only. When you complete your 25 minute Pomodoro interval, then you allow interruptions, self imposed or otherwise.

The beauty of the Pomodoro Technique is its simplicity. You use a timer to break down work into manageable intervals, separated by short breaks. You know there is a light at the end of the tunnel in 25 minutes, so you dive in with full mental acuity and give your work intervals your all. You tend to be more focused and productive, and during your breaks, you give yourself a real break.

What do you do during your breaks? Grab snacks, drink some water, stretch your legs and body, pet your dog, say hello to someone, use the restroom, check social media or email, etc.

The Pomodoro Technique can work well for anyone… students, professionals in an office environment, self employed folks who work from home in an unstructured environment, etc. Indeed, the structure of the Pomodoro Technique is often what makes it work so well.

If you have ADD, the Pomodoro Technique can be very powerful. It helps you focus on the task at hand, knowing that you get a built in break after 25 minutes. You may need to shorten your Pomodoros at first to work up to 25 minutes. Likewise, if you can last longer than 25 minutes and still be highly focused, then stretch your Pomodoros a bit. But not too long, as studies show that too long, and you start to lose focus.

For more information about the Pomodoro Technique, visit http://pomodorotechnique.com, where you will find videos, books, a timer, etc. You can also download the app to help guide you through your work intervals and breaks. Ready to take a bite out of that tomato? Try the Pomodoro Technique and see if it helps you be more productive.

Thank you for attending my conference session! I hope you learned valuable content that shifted your mindset about what is possible in your business in setting up an effective business exit strategy. Let me know how you do with implementation.

And of course, if you need any help, consider doing some private coaching with me. Email me to book a complimentary Discovery Call to see if we’d be a good match for private coaching.

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I am honored to have been your speaker at the Los Angeles Area Legal Recruiter Association meeting on January 13, 2015. I hope my presentation helped to get you thinking about the concept of “Crazy Busy Is Not a Badge of Honor” and that the tips and strategies I shared will help you be more productive in 2015.

As promised, here are copies of the slide deck of my presentation and the handout.

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To help keep you inspired and reinforce what I shared, please visit https://www.lisamontanaro.com/toolkit/ (or check out the handy box to your right) to access your complimentary digital toolkit, consisting of an audio program on boosting your productivity, an audio program on passion management, and an ebook called Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion. You will then receive my free ezine, which offers tips, articles, and advice on how to be more passionate, purposeful, and productive. I would be thrilled to have you as a member of my online family. However, if at any time the e-zine becomes “clutter” in your inbox, you can remove yourself from the list by hitting the unsubscribe button at the bottom of every e-zine issue.

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And if you want to have an awesome new year personally, take a look at the La Dolce Vita 6-Week Group Coaching Program, starting February 19th. It is affordable, powerful, and designed to help you live “the sweet life” in every way, and will cover productivity, life-work balance, health and fitness, the power of positivity, relationships, financial wellness and more.

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I hope our paths cross again…

Warm Regards,

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eBook Image2Yes, there are many fantastic books and resources that will help you get better organized and stay that way. But, DECIDE differs in its approach in that it is less about the “stuff” and more about the thinking behind the “stuff.” The DECIDE process allows you to go deep and examine the connection between decision-making and disorganization. It looks at the way you think and act with regard to organization, and offers an opportunity for an empowering change to occur. So, although this may be a small book (it is a tidy 58 pages long), it is a powerful one!

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Many people say they want to get better organized, but in order to act upon that wish, you must deeply examine your motives for wanting to do so. Your motives must be strong enough to sustain you through the change process.

DECIDE is an empowering process that leads to change. It will assist you in achieving results at home, at work, and in life in general. While the process guides a person in making decisions that lead to a more organized state, it is itself a decision; a decision to take control.

What is the DECIDE process? Here are the 6 steps:

The e-book covers the six DECIDE® steps in detail. There are also six DECIDE® Asides, which apply the tools and DECIDE® process to real life examples. In addition, dispersed throughout the E-Book are several DECIDE® exercises that you can take to keep you on your toes. The exercises are designed to assist you in going deep into the subject, and to make the process interactive so that it sinks in more.

You’ll also be signed up automatically for the Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion ezine, which is published bi-weekly. I value your privacy and will not sell, rent, or disclose your email address. You will love my content-rich ezine! However, if at any time, the ezine becomes “clutter” in your inbox, you can remove yourself from the list by hitting the unsubscribe button at the bottom of every ezine issue.

Ladies (sorry gents… I may do a co-ed retreat in the future, but this one is Ladies Only!),

retreat_locationFor those interested in the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders in beautiful California Wine Country from November 6-9, just wanted to let you know that the early bird rate ends Friday, September 5th (and there is still a 2 pay option available if you want to pay in two installments). All the details are here.

I am so excited about the ladies that have registered so fa r! They are so high quality and ready to dive in to explore their next steps personally and professionally.

I’m still putting the final touches on the agenda, but here’s a peek at some of the “big picture” topics that the focused retreat sessions will encompass:

  • Personal and professional branding (online and offline presence)
  • Your leadership style and the role leadership plays in your personal and professional life
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone/making bold choices
  • Owning your value and how that shows up in your personal and professional life
  • Decision making for your personal and professional life
  • Figuring out what your purpose is personally and professionally and seeing if they’re in sync and if you want them to be in sync
  • Figuring out what your passions are personally and professionally and whether you want those to be in sync and how to incorporate them
  • Marketing and networking principles for your business or career
  • Productivity principles like life-work balance, how to say no, how to efficiently delegate and whether control freak syndrome is holding you back
  • Break through plateaus that have developed in your personal and professional life
  • Make some important decisions about what your next move is personally and professionally, and make a plan to move forward
  • And much more!!

There are limited spots left as I want to keep the event small and intimate. Come join us if you haven’t registered yet — and learn more about this amazing opportunity in my video here.

And if you want to chat with me before registering, feel free to reach out by email or by phone!

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Well, it is finally here! My team and I have been deep in preparation mode behind the scenes in order to get this ready to launch. So without further ado…

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You are invited to attend the inaugural Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders! This amazing retreat will take place in beautiful California Wine Country from November 6-9, 2014. It starts Thursday afternoon with a meet and greet wine reception and ends Sunday afternoon. We will be staying at the Geyserville Inn, in the heart of Sonoma Valley. See the details here.

Men, please don’t feel left out! This retreat doesn’t apply to you this time, but I bet you know some amazing women who may be interested. Please feel free to forward this email to them.

I love live events because there is so much power in them. They allow you to get out of your day-to-day routine, meet other high-caliber women entrepreneurs and leaders who are working on the same level as you (and make amazing connections with them!), so you can return home with new ideas and a refreshed feeling of excitement for your business/career and life.

Lisa-drinking_wineSay yes to this event, and to yourself, and come join me in this inspiring and beautiful fall-foliage setting. It will be an intimate, nurturing, meaningful, interactive experience that helps you to identify and clear your blocks, define a specific plan for playing a bigger game personally and professionally, and gain the confidence to believe that you can.

We have an amazing retreat planned for you with focused retreat time, nourishing meals, really cool excursions to get out and experience the area, and some fun extra opportunities for rejuvenation, pampering and relaxation. I am so excited about this!! I will be busy the next few months planning a one-of-a-kind experience for you.

I have priced the retreat at an affordable level for all that’s included — only $999 early bird rate! Once you see the details of this event, you will see what a great value that is. And I will over-deliver, as many of you know I always do.

But here’s what YOU need to do… act fast!

I know that this will entail time away from your home/family/business (although for some of you, that’s a big part of the beauty of the retreat!), and an investment of funds.

So my gift to you is a Fast Action Bonus that allows you to pay in 3 easy installments (30 days apart) with no extra charge if you register by August 15th! So all you need to do is put down your first deposit of $333 by August 15th, and you are in! My shopping cart will take care of the rest by charging your card 2 more payments of $333 at 30 days and 60 days. That’s it. Easy and quite do-able for almost any budget. (And if you own a business, you can probably write it off as a tax deduction!)

vineyard-fallSpace is limited so don’t delay if this is calling you! The retreat is for a small group of women only, and the Inn rooms will book up fast. (Details on reserving your room are available here.)

Visit the Retreat Page for all of the details, including Retreat Features, Itinerary, Logistics, and Transportation.

It has been my dream for many years to gather women like you in a phenomenal setting like this so that I can help you unwind, reconnect, step into your power and transform your life and business/career in meaningful ways. Now that dream is coming true… for me, and if you join me in November, for you too!

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Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat
for Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders

California Wine Country 2014

November 6-9, 2014

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the_town_200x165.jpgSetting ~ Geyserville, CA

Enjoy a beautiful setting of rolling hills, verdant vineyards and mountain vistas just 75 miles north of San Francisco in the charming small town of Geyserville, CA. Geyserville is quite the little treasure! Known as the “wine capital of Sonoma Valley,” Geyserville offers fabulous food, exquisite wines, and a friendly relaxed small town feeling. It’s main street, Geyserville Avenue, has wine tasting rooms, family-owned restaurants, the Geyserville Mud coffee shop, a local deli and a general store. The town is at the crossroads of world-class wineries, and yet manages to avoid a touristy crowded feeling. Geyserville is  the epitome of small town authentic Wine Country charm.

Venue – The Geyserville Inn

Tucked amidst the picturesque vineyards and mountains of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, The Geyserville Inn is the quintessential Northern California Wine Country getaway and the only area hotel located in a vineyard. Locally owned and operated by two generations of Christensen family members, the Inn blends all the comfort and elegance of a contemporary boutique hotel with the intimacy, warmth and unhurried ambiance of a rustic bed and breakfast.

GeyseervilleInnAn affordable alternative to the more expensive Healdsburg and Napa Valley Hotels, The Geyserville Inn boasts 38 guest rooms and 3 suites with views of the pool or neighboring vineyards.

Located next door to the Inn, the Inn’s signature dining spot, the award-winning Geyserville Grille, is a cherished Sonoma landmark for over a century. This beautifully restored Craftsman-style bungalow showcases authentic California Wine Country cuisine coupled with an extensive selection of local vintages to pair with any dish. It was just recently renovated and boasts a new gorgeous bar, outdoor seating areas, and remodeled interior spaces.

At this carefully chosen venue, you will enjoy:

  • SC_0454_poolPeaceful setting in small town in Sonoma Valley located amidst vineyards with views of the Myacamas Mountains.
  • Charming (but affordable!) guest room options, including rooms with a fireplace and balcony with a view of the vineyards, mountains or pool area.
  • A luxurious terry cloth robe in your room to relax in!
  • Outdoor heated hot tub, and a non-heated swimming pool (more for looks than swimming in November!).
  • Beautiful grounds with picnic tables, gazebo, outdoor patio with fountain and heat lamps, decks, pool area, grass areas, etc.
  • Onsite newly-renovated Wine Country cuisine restaurant, The Geyserville Grille, for some of our meals.
  • Free onsite parking.
  • Free coffee and tea available in the lobby and through your in-room coffee maker.

The retreat is all inclusive except for lodging, transportation to the Inn, alcoholic beverages at meals (note: the meet and greet wine reception and winery tasting are included!) and optional activities such as spa treatments and the “Dessert Crawl.”

Reserving Your Lodging

DSC_0414Wine Country is popular, so reserve your room immediately to ensure there is space! Also, prices are subject to change so the earlier you lock in the affordable rate, the better.

Please call Liat Pardini, Director of Sales for the Geyserville Inn directly at (707) 653-5428 and mention the Purpose, Passion, Productivity Retreat.

The room rates are very reasonable, so you can treat yourself to a private room! Remember, this is a retreat after all, so enjoy the escape from everyday life and pamper yourself.

  • Queen Deluxe Room = average nightly rate of $135.66 per night + 11% occupancy tax
  • Double Deluxe Room (only one available!) = average nightly rate of $155.66 per night + 11% occupancy tax
  • King Deluxe Room with balcony and fireplace = average nightly rate of $155.66 per night + 11% occupancy tax

Please note that the Geyserville Inn check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Guests arriving prior to 3:00 p.m. will be able to store their luggage until rooms become available. Likewise, guests departing after 11:00 a.m. can arrange to store their luggage with the front desk staff.

NOTE: If you are budget conscious, and would like to share the cost of a room with another attendee, act fast! As this is an Inn, there are limited double rooms available, and only one is left for the dates of this retreat. Also, the Inn will be happy to bring a rollaway bed into any room on a complimentary basis. Just mention that you would like a rollaway bed when you reserve. Of course, if you have a close friend or family member that is also attending, you are welcome to share a king size bed together! But if you need to find a roommate, you can post on our private Facebook group that youll have access to once you register, or let us know you are looking for a roommate, and we will try to match two of you up.

Extend Your Stay

IMG_1004Come early to explore, unwind, and get ready for this fabulous experience. Or enjoy time after the retreat to bask in the afterglow of this transformational experience and soak up even more of all that Wine Country has to offer. If you choose to come early or stay after the retreat to enjoy more time in this fabulous setting, let The Geyserville Inn know the additional dates needed to ensure that you can extend your lodging. Or consider relocating to a different area of Wine Country. If that interests you, let us know and we will be happy to share some Wine Country resources for your extended stay!

The retreat, meals and excursions are for attendees only (and only for women!). However, you are welcome to bring a spouse, partner or family member to share your lodging with you, and enjoy time together before or after the retreat begins.

Transportation & Directions

The Geyserville Inn
21714 Geyserville Ave
Geyserville, CA 95441
(707) 857-4343

www.geyservilleinn.com

Located just 75 miles north of San Francisco and convenient to Napa-Mendocino Route 128, The Geyserville Inn is tucked between the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. This serene and beautiful inn, encircled by the mountains and vineyards of Sonoma County, is perfectly placed for a relaxing getaway.

There are several means of transportation to get to the retreat that we have outlined below. Once you register, you will have access to our private Facebook group and can try to find attendees to travel with for all or part of the way.

By Car: Directions from the San Francisco area by car can be found on the Inn’s website at http://www.geyservilleinn.com/contact-us-en.html. Parking is free at the Inn.

By Air: There are several airports to fly into, such as San Francisco Airport, Sacramento Airport and Oakland Airport. We recommend you fly into San Francisco Airport (SFO), which is approximately 75 miles south of Geyserville. http://www.flysfo.com From there, you can take a shuttle bus, coordinate transportation with one of the local attendees that may be driving from that area, or rent a car.

By Shuttle Bus: For those flying into San Francisco Airport, we recommend you book a shuttle using Airport Express, which drops you off at Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, about 15-20 minutes away from the Inn. Airport Express is an upscale shuttle bus that costs $34 each way, has free Wifi, and leaves every hour (check online for the latest accurate information). The trip to Sonoma takes approximately 2 hours, but is a beautiful ride through gorgeous landscape and the shuttle buses are clean and comfortable. Book directly at http://airportexpressinc.com.

We will try to coordinate pick ups on Thursday November 9, the day of arrival, from Santa Rosa (where the shuttle drops you off) to transport you to the Inn. Hopefully, we will be able to accommodate everyone but it depends on time of arrival and how many local cars we will have available. We will share additional means of transportation from Santa Rosa at a later date if we determine that many of you need to get to the Inn from  there.

If you have any additional questions about transportation, please let us know. We are happy to help! Email my Online Business Manager, Deb, at Deborah@LisaMontanaro.com.