Welcome to day 3 of productivity week!
The pomodoro technique was created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. This time-management method is great for people who procrastinate on large, intimidating tasks or get distracted by social media or other tasks. This technique breaks up your tasks by splitting your work into short, manageable bursts.
To get started, work for 25 minutes without any distractions and then take a five minute break. Each 25 minute work period is called a pomodoro. After you’ve completed four “pomodoros”, which is 100 minutes of working and 15 minutes of break time, take a longer break of 15-20 minutes.
Every time you complete a pomodoro, mark your progress with an X and note how many times you procrastinated or got distracted.
If you feel that 25 minutes isn’t enough time to get into the swing of working, then you can alter the length of your pomodoros to suit you. For example, work for 55 minutes and then take a 5-10 minute break.
This technique is very effective since working for only 25 minutes at a time makes it more manageable, and less likely for you to be tempted by distractions. Having regular, short breaks, keeps your mind fresh and focused to continue with your task. If your to-do list is long and varied, the pomodoro technique helps you finish each task faster by having you adhere to a certain time limit.
Personally, I really like this method, and, in fact, I use it to write a lot of my blog posts! I like to pair it up with the app Forest: Stay focused, be present. This app let’s you set a timer for up to two hours. You plant a tree, work and watch your tree grow. But remember not to use your phone while your tree is growing, otherwise it’ll die. After you’ve grown your tree there’s an option to take a timed break. Once you’ve grown enough trees you can even plant a tree in the real world. It’s a pretty motivating app!
What do you think of the pomodoro technique? Is it something you’ll use to stay focused and get work done?