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Although it looks easy, time management is anything but. Successful time management takes a long time to master. It involves consistent practice, focus, and discipline. Time management is the key ingredient of success for the most successful people in the world. They know how to use their time well and manage it effectively.
Volumes have been written about time management. There are several tools and techniques that people have developed over time to make time-management effective and maximize productivity. However, not all work very well. In this blog, we will explore the Pomodoro technique and assess if it works. Pomodoro means tomato in Italian. Although reading about a tomato may sound a tad bit frivolous, please read on to know more about this time management technique that seems to have become quite popular.
The Pomodoro Technique
The founder of the Pomodoro technique is Francesco Cirillo who discovered the positive effects of setting a short time for a task and tracking it with a Pomodoro timer. As a university student in the 1980s, Cirillo like many of us, students or not, struggled with time management and getting his assignments and papers done in time. When long hours of study time didn’t work for him, he decided to set aside merely 10 minutes of his time to finish a task. He found a Pomodoro timer (a timer shaped like a tomato) and set it to 10 minutes. In those 10 minutes, Francesco discovered the technique worked and thus was born the Pomodoro technique.
According to Francesco Cirillo.com, to date over 2 million people have used the Pomodoro technique and the number is growing. It has received, by and large, positive feedback from its users and advocates. Its philosophy is simple,
“work smarter, not harder”.
Let’s take a look at how this technique works according to the official website of the Pomodoro technique:
- Step 1: Choose the task or assignment you wish to get done and dedicate yourself to achieving it while cutting out all distractions.
- Step 2: Set the Pomodoro for 25 minutes
- Step 3: Work on your task or goal for 25 minutes until the Pomodoro rings. While working, if there’s something else you remember you have to do, write it down on a sheet of paper.
- Step 4: When the Pomodoro rings, put a green checkmark on the sheet of paper
- Step 5: Take a short break lasting 5 to 10 minutes.
- Step 6: Repeat the cycle and earn Pomodoros. After you earn 4 Pomodoros, take longer breaks of 30 minutes or more.
5 Benefits of The Pomodoro Technique
1. It keeps us on our feet
The Pomodoro technique leaves very little room for its users to slack because it sets short and quick time limits as opposed to a day’s or week’s time to finish tasks and achieve goals. The longer the time period to achieve the goals, the longer one takes to do them due to laziness, unforeseen exigencies, and other things beyond our control. Knowing the Pomodoro will go off any minute, it creates a sense of urgency to get the task done.
2. Incentives that work
The Pomodoro technique has excellent incentives which make us work faster and better. Knowing that there is a break coming up really quick makes us work quick and therefore productive. It also motivates us to get more Pomodoros to earn more breaks while getting work done in shorter time periods. Ultimately, the Pomodoro technique serves the purpose which is getting work done!
The best part about the Pomodoro technique is its simplicity. One merely requires a pen, sheet of paper, and a Pomodoro timer or any device of your choice is also fine as long as it serves the purpose; you can use your mobile phone or stopwatch. There are no fancy apps, no need to block social media or your phone calls, or soundproof your surroundings or do anything over-the-top to manage your time well. It all boils down to the Pomodoro timer, getting the work done and check-marking the to-do list.
4. No burnout
At the heart of the Pomodoro technique is the philosophy of working smarter and not harder. The Pomodoro technique is exactly that – smart. It entails working in 25-minute time slots followed by short breaks that are necessary to refresh and rejuvenate. Breaks are great to reset the mind which is conducive to new ideas and solutions which makes us professionally very valuable to our organization and/or clients. Say goodbye to professional burnout.
5. Increase focus and self-confidence
Progress invites more progress as we become motivated to push harder. When a tool like the Pomodoro technique works meaning we tick off the tasks as we make progress, it gives us tremendous confidence and motivation. Realizing that something is working and helping us achieve our goals will give us the confidence to do better and push harder. What’s more, combined with short breaks, the Pomodoro technique can enhance our overall well-being too.
The Pomodoro technique was invented in the 1980s. Since then it has benefited millions of people all over the world. Time management is a difficult thing to achieve. However, a simple method such as the Pomodoro technique which requires a Pomodoro timer, a pen, and a sheet of paper is proven to increase the success rate of people as effective time managers. It has the potential to enhance motivation, focus, productivity, and result in success all while enhancing overall health and well-being. This is because the short and frequent breaks give its users plenty of time to reset and refresh and return to their tasks with fresh energy and enthusiasm. Who thought work could be this fun?
Try the Pomodoro technique for yourself and we are certain you will agree. However, we would like to conclude by saying that the Pomodoro technique or any other time management technique is not a magic pill that one can swallow and resolve all problems. Being an effective time manager and make progress requires strong will power, practice, and consistent dedication. Remember, where there is a will, there’s a way.Pomodoro Technique has the potential to enhance motivation, focus, productivity, and result in success all while enhancing overall health and well-being. Click To Tweet
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