If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to focus on a single task for more than a few minutes without getting side-tracked. If time management is a challenge for you, give the Pomodoro Technique a try!
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that uses a timer to break up your work day into snack-sized intervals of 25 minutes, followed by a 5 minute break. Based on the idea that frequent breaks improve mental agility, using The Pomodoro Technique will help you prevent procrastination and improve productivity. Here’s what to do:
- Make a to-do list, and choose a task you’d like to get done.
- Set a timer for 25 minutes and begin working on that task.
- Work on that task until the timer rings.
- When the timer rings, put a check mark on paper to note the completion of a work period.
- Take a 4-5 minute break. Grab some coffee, or go outside for a quick walk.
Each 25 minute interval is called a “pomodoro.” Every four pomodoros, take a longer break of 15-20 minutes. The Pomodoro Technique discourages multitasking; helping you beat the urge to switch gears. Using the Pomodoro Technique, you can:
- Work with time, not against it.
- Eliminate burnout.
- Manage distractions.
- Create a better work/life balance.
Track your pomodoros using a kitchen timer, or use an app! You can purchase a Pomodoro Timer app for $1.99 in your app store.
Give The Pomodoro Technique a try, and let us know if it works for you!