Have you ever heard of the Pomodoro technique?
How does it sound to you?
Maybe this word “Pomodoro” may confuse you, but it has nothing to do with recipes, cooking or gardening since pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato. 🙂
If you want to try new or different methods to increase your productivity or motivation, here you will find how this one method can help you.
What is the Pomodoro technique?
Pomodoro technique is a time management method that helps to increase productivity and motivation when performing tasks.
This means that you work 25 minutes on a task and take a 5-minute break.
That 25-minute work period is called Pomodoro.
This method seeks to ensure that the person is focused only on the task that he or she performs for those 25 minutes. After that, you take a short break and continue with the task.
After 4 consecutive Pomodoros, a longer break of 25-30 minutes is taken.
The Pomodoro Method was created by Francesco Cirillo in the early 1990s. He wanted to be more efficient during his student days, so he tried using his tomato-shaped timer to use his time effectively to learn. He realized the power of the method and continued to use it. And now you can try it out to see if it works for you.
How to start with the Pomodoro technique?
This method is so simple because it doesn’t require any app, program, software or any other thing. All you need to do is set a timer – whether it’s on your phone, your clock, or a simple timer. As long as you can measure the time, you can start with the method.
But be careful! If you are using a smartphone for time tracking, there is one thing you should pay attention to. Turn off all notifications as you can easily be distracted.
The Pomodoro method will break your big task down into short intervals spaced out by 5-minute breaks. So, before setting a timer, you need to:
- decide on an activity to work on
- determine how long it takes
- create a plan
- start with the first Pomodoro.
Advantages of the Pomodoro technique / Is the Pomodoro technique effective?
You may think that there are not many advantages to this method because it is so simple, but there are certain things that will improve over time when using the method.
This technique helps you concentrate on one task at a time without wasting time.
And you’ll have more free time in the day.
You have to try the method to know if it works for you.
So take a look at the benefits of this method.
Over time the Pomodoro technique will:
- improve your motivation, concentration, attention
- allow you to be more focused and efficient
- help you make the most of your time
- help split your goals into smaller tasks
- help you reach your goals
- give you more free time in the day
- not give you the opportunity to procrastinate
- help you set up an effective and workable schedule
- allow you to work without distractions and interruptions.
How to use the Pomodoro technique?
There are steps you need to follow to get the best out of the Pomodoro method.
If you decide to try it, download the free PDF worksheet to help you stay consistent and keep track of your work hours. This will let you know if the method works for you and whether you can improve it in your case.
step 1. Set a task
Decide on the task you will be working on. If it is something bigger, try to split it into smaller, achievable tasks. These tasks will be your Pomodoros.
Don’t worry if you have a lot of tasks to work on. Keep it simple and take one task at a time.
step 2. Set the Pomodoro for 25 minutes
Now is the part when you will only be focused on one task that you have scheduled. Set the timer to 25 minutes and just get started.
step 3. Work on the task
Working on a task means that you are focused only on the task you are currently doing. Turn off all notifications and keep an eye out for any distractions that might interfere with you.
Understand that you only set a 25-minute interval so that you can avoid emails, messages, and any other notifications in that short time. You will have time to check them too. But now your focus and motivation must be on that one task.
step 4. Take a 5-minute break
When the timer rings, it indicates that you have completed the first interval or the first Pomodoro. Take a short break. That means you should rest for the next 5 minutes. You can walk, have a cup of tea, have coffee, call a friend. Anything that fits over a 5 minute period.
step 5. Move on to the next Pomodoro
And now it’s time to start over. If your first assignment is complete, you can move on to the next assignment in the second Pomodoro.
Or if you have evaluated 2 Pomodoros for 1 task, continue working on it at another interval.
This is where you decide your pace and how you schedule and complete your tasks.
step 6. After 4 Pomodoros take a longer break
When you are done with 4 Pomodoros, take a longer break. Longer means 20-30 minutes. It is a time when you will refresh your mind and stretch yourself. Get out into the fresh air.
It will be good to have a little break from work so you can come back full of energy and motivation and continue with your tasks.
When to use the Pomodoro technique?
There are many cases where you can use the Pomodoro technique. Depending on your situation, profession, schedule, you can try to incorporate it into your workday to see if it works for you.
Here are some examples to show you how to increase your productivity with this method.
If your goal is to write specific text, whether it is writing a book, brochure, guide, determine how many pages or words you can write in 25 minutes. Make a plan to accomplish this task in the first 3 Pomodoros and write a certain number of words of text in that 3 intervals.
The fourth Pomodoro can be used for exploring further content and gathering ideas.
Take a 5-minute break between intervals.
Keep track of your work and progress and see if you have been able to complete your scheduled tasks.
Of course, you can always design intervals of your own if you don’t like this timeframe. So you can extend the interval if you need a little more time. But remember to stay focused on that one task you are currently doing.
If you are a student, you have a lot of work to do in a day. Whether it’s learning, doing homework, researching on a particular topic, reading. You can always create your own schedule using the Pomodoro technique.
So, for example, if you are learning history, you can:
- 1. Pomodoro – Research on the topic and take notes
- 2. Pomodoro – Read the section in the book
- 3. Pomodoro – Remember all the important facts
- 4. Pomodoro – Repeat the material learned.
And remember to take a 5-minute break between each interval!
Now that you are familiar with the Pomodoro technique, download the free guide and start planning your tasks.
You will be amazed at how much you can achieve in less time, and all because of your concentration and focus on the important things.
Do you think the Pomodoro technique is a good method that can help you manage your time?
Have you tried it yet?
Share your thoughts and experiences on this in the comments below.
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