Does your day slip away and you wonder where the time went? You can be more productive in short bursts with the Pomodoro Technique!
I remember learning about Pomodoro’s when I worked with Eric Junker on ClearanceJobs.com. He mentioned this to me as way to focus on something for twenty five minutes. Eric at the time was the only in house developer on ClearanceJobs.com and he got bombarded by different people asking for some change or a status of something. This of course made his productivity plummet. He used this technique to focus on something and re-gain his productivity.
Pomodoro is a excellent technique for learning how to manage your time in small chunks of productivity. The timer looks like a tomato as Pomodoro is Italian for tomato. There is even a website to time things for you here.
This is the basics of Pomodoro Technique from Wikipedia:
There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
- Decide on the task to be done
- Set the pomodoro timer to n minutes (traditionally 25)
- Work on the task until the timer rings; record with an x
- Take a short break (3-5 minutes)
- Every four “pomodori” take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
Pomodoro is trying to emphasize taking short breaks. We sometimes want to sit down for four hours straight and “pound out” something. Studies have shown that taking a break periodically can help you keep fresh and productive.
Pomodoro feeds on this idea of focus can achieve great results. When I focus on working on something I notice that I am productive for awhile but, if I don’t take a break frequently I get bogged down or distracted. Using the Pomodoro is great tool to combat that. We must understand we need breaks occasionally to be effective.
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