I love the Pomodoro Technique!
The Pomodoro Technique® is free, it’s a fantastic way to make better use of time, and it’s a massive productivity booster!
The Pomodoro Technique is a very simple time management technique that aims to help you boost your productivity and increase personal effectiveness.
Working Against Time and Still Not Finished that Job?
If you’ve ever got to the end of the day and thought “I still haven’t done what I set out to do at the start of the day” you’ll know the feeling of frustration that accompanies it. And so, often it’s not just a day, but a week, a month, or even a year!
Slowly but surely, the clear purpose of what you intended to achieve at the outset gets clouded and lost as time slips away and over-takes you.
Time becomes the enemy… with deadlines looming and increased anxiety leading to ineffective working behaviour and results.
How many times have you completed a project against a deadline knowing that just given the chance of a “little while longer” you could have done a better job on it?
In reality though, if the deadline had been twice as long wouldn’t the result have been the same, with the work squeezed into the same small timeframe at the end?
And that’s if you get anything done at all of course!
How easy is it to put it off for just a while longer…? Find all the “other little things” that somehow seem more important and more preferable to do instead!
… and that’s where the Pomodoro Technique comes in.
The Pomodoro Technique was developed by an Italian – Francesco Cirillo – and pomodoro is Italian for tomato.
Ok, so Why Tomato Then?
Well, a simple tomato shaped kitchen timer was the basis he used to develop his time management technique and so the name was applied and stuck!
The Pomodoro Technique provides and, more importantly, encourages better focus and concentration of your effort on activities you want to accomplish without adding any complexity to the time management of them (and thereby becoming self defeating).
In the Pomodoro Technique, a Pomodoro is a unit of pre-defined work that lasts a set time (25 minutes is suggested). That task is all that is worked on until the timer ends. You make a note of its completion, take a quick break and repeat. Every four Pomodoros, you take a longer break.
Because each Pomodoro causes you to be focused on one particular task, you do more of it with no distraction or deviation onto other tasks. The correct application of the technique involves a little more than this simple overview, and I recommend you read the full guide to the Pomodoro Technique (follow the link below).
Although it can take a little while to get used to following the principles of the Pomodoro Technique correctly, once you do, there is a kind of self-fulfilling beneficial effect that occurs which leads to an improvement in the working process.
In effect, better use of time makes it easier to make better use of time!
Persist with it to get the Habit and the Benefit
It took me a few days to get into the Pomodoro habit, but then the results started to show. More done, more quickly, more effectively.
I find the using the Pomodoro Technique to be a very effective means of getting more done.
If you often seem to spend time ‘getting nothing done’ then check it out.
You can find the official site for the Pomodoro Technique here which details the entire method and where you can download the Pomodoro Technique book for free.
You might find it the most productive hour you’ve spent recently!
And if you know someone you think might benefit from the Pomodoro Technique, here’s an idea for a little present for them!