I’m always testing new tools and tricks to be more productive, and I have to say that the Pomodoro Technique has definitely changed my work life for the better.
If you’re not familiar, the Pomodoro Technique is a time management approach where you concentrate solely on your work, with no distractions, for 25 minutes. This is one Pomodoro. After that 25 minutes is up, you take a 5 minute break and do whatever you’d like. You then repeat this throughout your work day.
After 4 Pomodoros, you can take a longer break, like 10 or 20 minutes.
To time my Pomodoros, I use an online clock called the Tomato Timer. I’m using it right now. I aim to complete this blog post in that 25 minutes.
There are times when a task or project seems so big that you have no idea where to start, and many times you don’t start at all. The Pomodoro Technique helps you break down these tasks into little chunks.
Using this technique helps you concentrate on the task at hand, knowing that you’ll be working for a finite amount of time until the next break comes around. It just makes big tasks less daunting.
The great thing is that it’s so easy to implement. You don’t need to learn how to use a new piece of software or change how you think about executing tasks. You just work for 25 minutes, take a break, and do it all over again.
And it’s amazing how much work you can really get done in that 25 minutes of full concentration.
Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
This is day 14 of my experiment to blog for 30 consecutive days.