The Pomodoro Technique is a revolutionary time management technique that is at once deceptively simple to learn, and life changing to use.
Increased productivity is something I strive for on a daily basis. Being able to accomplish the most in the least amount of time is essential to getting things done when they need to be.
The pomodoro technique can help you learn how to power through your daily task. It will help you increase productivity, and get things done.
It has a multitude of benefits that allow you to
- Work with time, and not against it
Instead of making time the enemy and trying to work against the clock you learn to work with it.
- Avoid burnout
Because Pomodoro allows you to take breaks in between full focused sessions of work you get to mentally exhale while also getting things done.
- Cut down on distractions
It is easy to think of a million things that need to be done, but so much easier and quicker to batch your work, and accomplish one thing at a time. The Pomodoro teaches you to avoid distraction by letting everything but your task at hand wait until it’s own time.
- Create a better work life balance
Mastering the Pomodoro will help you alleviate the guilt of procrastination, and poor productivity. Avoid feeling like you need to constantly push yourself to get things done, and start living your life and enjoying your time off.
The Pomodoro Technique is not just about getting things done, but also about changing the way you work and learning how you can best accomplish task.
With the Pomodoro Technique you will
- Find out how much effort an activity requires
You will quickly learn how long certain type of task will take you to complete. By keeping track of finished Pomodoros by either checking off your sessions, or crossing off task you will quickly see how much times you are spending on things. Visual reminders can really help you keep track, and see how you progress time wise on completing tasks.
- Cut down on interruptions, and stay away from distractions
By concentrating fully on a task for 25 minutes you quickly learn how to handle inevitable interruptions. Getting back on track after an interruption will also get easier for you.
You will get better at only focusing on one thing, and realizing that sometimes you can only do one thing at a time.
- Be able to better estimate how much effort certain things will take
Do you ever put off a task because you think it will be hard, but once you do the task it ends up taking no effort at all? Well with the Pomodoro Technique you will get better at estimating time and effort. After practicing awhile you will get better at estimating how many Pomodoros a task will take, and how much time including breaks that will be involved.
To get quicker with task, and better managing time you need to first realize how much time things take.
- Get better at defining objectives
The pomodoro is a tool that helps you achieve your goals, and objectives. By using this method and tracking how long things take you can see where time may be better spent and adjust accordingly.
The pomodoro Technique has 6 simple steps
1. Determine the task you would like to accomplish
The task younpick can be anything. From big to small as long as it needs to get done, and deserves your undivided attention. The pomodoro technique is especially great for those things you are putting off because they either take too much time, or are hard to accomplish.
2. Set a timer for 25 minutes
Set a timer for only 25 minutes. This is one of the cornerstones of the pomodoro technique. You only have to do something for a certain amount of time before you get a break.
(They make some great timers just for this purpose including this super easy to use one
3. Work on the task for the full 25 minutes
The biggest part of the pomodoro technique is to set a time to do a task, and only do that task. Doing a task fully for 25 minutes can really help you get to it. The whole point is that you fully commit yourself to the task at hand, and only the task at hand. Give your task your full attention for the full 25, and do not let distractions creep in, or change focus to other tasks.
The best part is that once the timer goes off you can stop whatever task you are doing.
4. When the timer goes off mark down the session
You can do something as simple as put a check mark on a piece of paper, or cross off what you accomplished on a list.
Congratulations btw you just spent a full 25 minutes uninterrupted on a task. Especially when you first start out that is something to. Be proud of.
5. Take a break
Now here come the fun part. After you have completed a pomodoro you get to take a break, and do whatever you want. Allow yourself to do something you enjoy like
- Grab a cup of coffee
- Read a book
- Check up on your social media accounts
- Watch some tv
Now your break time should not be free reign. You need to set a time where you get back to work, and do another pomodoro. For ever 25 minutes of work a 15 minute break is a great way to mentally recharge. That doesn’t mean you should always take only short breaks though.
6. Up the time of your breaks for every 4 Pomodoros
Pomodoros allow you to get a lot done quickly, but you still should increase your break time for every 4 pomodoro sessions you do. Increaseing your break time by 5 minutes every break session after 4 Pomodoros will help keep you mentally sharp. After all; all work and no play makes jack a very dull boy.
For more information check out the following book
Pomodoro Technique Illustrated
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