If you’re like most people, your productivity level can fluctuate from hour to hour.
Sometimes it may seem like you’re checking boxes off your to-do list. Other times, the day drags on, and the only thing you’re checking is your Facebook and Instagram.
The process is actually very simple.
- Make a to-do list (everything you want to get done that day)
- Then you divide each one into 25-minute working periods called “pomodoros.”
- Then you get to work. You should be focused and working for each 25-minute pomodoro, and at the end, you take a 5-minute break.
- Do not stop under any circumstances before those 25 minutes are over. If you get interrupted reset the timer and start again. Incomplete pomodori do not count!
- After 4 pomodoros pass, take 15–20-minutes break to replenish your energy.
- You must take a break after your pomodori because breaks are not optional!
“If you want to maintain a focused mind, then you need to give it a break”
You may ask, what do you do if you finish a task earlier than 25 minutes?
My answer, Just keep going.
Ask yourself if there is anything that you could review or perfect in (whatever your task is)?
If there is truly nothing that you can do to improve your work and there are still few minutes left on your timer, then review your work anyway and recap what you’ve done to engrain it in your memory.
What’s so special about this technique?
- The Pomodoro Technique won’t cost you a thing. All you need is a timer. And there are Pomodoro timer apps for iPhone and Android.
- You don’t have to learn any sophisticated techniques nor buy expensive gear.
- It can help anyone rid themselves of the guilt and anxiety of procrastination while making work rewarding and motivating.
- Helps you gain back control over your day through focused work.
- Since each pomodoro is just 25 minutes, it’s nearly impossible not to maintain focus during that time.
Simply say ” You’ll get things done, period.”
The Pomodoro Technique is as simple as it is effective:
1 Start a 25-minute timer
2 Work until the timer rings
3 Take a short, five-minute break
4 Every four pomodoros (focus periods), take a longer break—usually 20-30 minutes
Will it work for you? You’ll never know until you try. So why not give it a shot?
If you’re already using it share your experience in the comments section below and if you’re new to this technique, go ahead and try it out today.
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