If you are putting off the big tasks then try the Pomodoro Technique
Rest More, Do More
How does working in small chunks with lots of break help us deliver greater results? Find out more about the Pomodoro Technique.
If like me you suffer from a monkey brain and a wandering mind or procrastinating, The Pomodoro Technique will assist you with getting heavy tasks done when you need it. I’ve found the technique has helped me to achieve tasks with more intensity, higher quality and quicker than if I’d worked over longer periods of time (I consider this to be 1 hour+).
What is the The Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Technique is among the most well-known time management techniques that has helped me and many others to retain laser like focus.
It has been around for more than 30 years and was created by Francesco Cirillo a respected expert on time management and profitability within large organisations. Named after the Italian word for tomato (a homage to the shape of the kitchen clock that Cirillo used as a student). The framework uses the periods of time when you work and short breaks to increase your productivity to complete tasks every day. These periods of work and breaks are called Pomodoros.
Don’t feel Guilty about taking frequent breaks
Taking frequent breaks allows you to unwind and reset yourself to work harder. Realising that you just need to work for a brief time frame makes it a lot simpler to remain focused and persistent.
These breaks are key to working efficiently.
How do I do it?
The basic premise of the workflow consists of a 25 minutes work period followed by 5 minutes of break time. After four cycles, you will take a longer rest period of 30 mins. The length of work period is up to whatever you work efficiently in.
Utilise a clock. It’s essential to use a clock while you’re trying to complete your work. Use a clock by positioning it so you can’t see it. You can use your mobile phone, PC, as well as a physical clock.
My Ninja Trick – I couple the Pomodoro Technique with brain.fm (a review will be done soon). In the app I set a focus period of 30mins and when the music finishes, I take my break. Some people work 50mins followed by 10 mins break. I personally find my mind wanders a bit this way. Once a work session finishes I mark a tick on a piece of paper. Once 4 ticks are done I take my 30 minute break.
My other trick is during my break I may do a short meditation, make a hot drink or write in a journal on thoughts. This helps me to be present in the now, gives my brain a much needed break and I’ve found that I solve problems better and feel more creative when writing.
A five minute mindfulness meditation helps me to reconnect with how I’m feeling and what I am doing now because often when working your mind wanders to what needs to be done or what hasn’t been done.
The beauty of this technique is that you know you have a break soon so the sense of urgency focuses your mind. It helps you to also perceive the amount you can complete in 25 minutes. Which can surprise you.
I would suggest if you are starting out try various interims. Numerous people flourish with the conventional timetable of 25 minutes of work rotated with five minutes of rest breaks. Others do well with 50 minutes of work and 10-minute breaks. See which works best for you.
I don’t use the Pomodoro all day, every day but at least 3 times a week, especially when there has been a task I’ve been putting off.
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