What is the Pomodoro technique?
It's a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. Called 'Pomodori' (from the Italian word for 'tomatoes')
How to works
The technique breaks periods of work into 25-minute intervals called “Pomodoro” where you focus exclusively on a single task, ignoring any interruption to maintain focus and flow.
Work for 25 minutes then take a short (3-5 minute) break, during your break mark your progress with an “X”, and record number of times you had the impulse to procrastinate or switch gears to work on another task during the “Pomodoro”. After four “Pomodoros” have passed, take a 15-30 minute break. Any time remaining after you've completed a task is devoted to overlearning.
If you are interrupted during a "Pomodoro" either the other activity must be recorded and postponed (inform – negotiate – schedule – call back) or the "Pomodoro" must be abandoned.
As you complete tasks, tick them off this will give you a sense of accomplishment and a record for self-observation and improvement.
Five simple steps to the Pomodoro technique:
Prioritized a "To Do Today" list.
1. Decide on the task to be done
2. Start the timer set for 25-minutes
3. Work on the task until the timer rings; record with an x
4. Take a short break (3-5 minutes)
5. Every four "Pomodori" take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
A low-tech approach using a mechanical timer, paper and pencil is most effective. The physical act of winding up the timer confirms the user's determination. Ticking externalises desire to complete the task; ringing announces a break. Flow and focus become associated with these physical stimuli.
How can it help you?
The Pomodoro technique is systematic way to tackle your daily to-do list with maximum focus, creative freshness and regular breaks, allowing you to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue.
Why is it so popular?
Because it is easy to use, and most of all, because it works.
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