One of my most useful gizmos is a pretty low-tech device.
I keep a simple kitchen timer on my desk, actually a little electronic one but an old-fashioned wind-up ‘pinger’ would work just as well, I’m sure. Or the timer on your phone.
It’s simply to help me focus on work (or a chore) if and when my mood has taken a meander downwards.
I don’t know about you but if this happens to me, I can find it pretty darned difficult to knuckle down to things, to focus and be productive.
What might normally take just a few minutes can end up occupying ages.
This is where my trusty timer comes in handy.
I set it for an hour, then promise myself that if I stick to the knitting until it beeps, I’ll take a break when it does so.
And the deal is that I get the break regardless of how much or how little I’ve actually achieved.
Invariably I will get through stuff, probably at a faster rate as the minutes tick away, to be honest.
I think the trick is to recognise that when you’re low, the things you must do can take on a formidable scale if you try to tackle them all in one go.
But break them up into smaller chunks and they can be more easily dealt with.