Learn To Be More Productive With THIS Proven, Essential Technique
Written by: Kat Gal
Do you ever wonder how people get so much done when you are just running around like a chicken with your head cut off? Do you have trouble accomplishing things and focusing?
This technique may be your solution.
First, I want to emphasize that diet and lifestyle choices can really affect your motivation and productivity level as well. If you eat a diet high in nutrients, full of whole, mostly plant-based foods that are anti-inflammatory and alkaline in nature; take care of your gut through probiotics, prebiotics and fiber; drink plenty of water; exercise (but not over-exercise); get enough sleep and employ relaxation techniques, including meditation, massage and journaling, you will be more energetic and inspired and therefore, more productive.
However, regardless of your diet and health situation, the Pomodoro Technique can be a useful and even life-saving hack to help your productivity level in all areas of your life. You can literally use it for anything: work, studies, house-chores, hobbies, travel planning, readings, projects and so on.
What Is The Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Technique was created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo and it is one of the most popular time management life hacks used to today. Why? Because it works.
The Pomodoro Technique aims to provide you with maximum focus and creative freshness to help you to complete projects faster and with less mental fatigue. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
The technique is rather simple. The idea is that for each project you do you should budget your time into short increments. You will take breaks periodically as well.
For example, you will work for 25 minutes, then take a 15-minute break.
Your 25-minute work time is called the “pomodoro,” named after the Italian word for tomato, because Cirillo originally used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer as his timer while developing the method. Of course, you don’t have to have a tomato-shaped kitchen timer, you can use a stopwatch or any timer app on your phone.
For each “pomodoro” (25-minute work time) you will take a 15-20 minute break. After each set of 4 pomodoros, take a bit longer break (20-30 minutes).
It is also suggested to mark your progress with an “x” after each “pomodoro passed,” and also note any impulse to procrastinate or switch gears in a task during your 25-minutes. Just draw a line with each impulse, then continue working. This will help you with recognizing patterns.
How Does This Help you?
The Pomodoro Technique will help you to get through your projects faster by forcing you to stick to a strict timing. This is especially helpful if you have a large or varied to-do list to get through. The idea is that for 25-minutes you only focus on your task. This means laser-focus: no checking on Facebook, getting up for a glass of water, picking up a snack, or answering a text message. There should be no distractions, but only work for 25-minutes. Without distractions and with a short solid focus, you will get more done more effectively.
The frequent breaks every 25-minutes will keep your mind fresh and focused as well. Getting up and moving around is a great way to spend your break. A glass of water or an energizing snack can also keep you energized. Your break is also the time to check your social media and do other “urgent” distractive tasks. Of course, it is also a great idea to make “social media play time” a Pomodoro time and get on Facebook for a solid 25-minutes, getting through the daily gossip at once.
Variations Of The Pomodoro Technique
Some people find it helpful to look at the timer during their 25-minutes, while others find it distracting. See what works for you.
You can play around with your work and play time. If 25 minutes seems too long, work shorter times, if it is too short, set your timer longer. 15 minutes is about the minimum you want to work, and 45-50 minutes is the maximum before you lose focus. 20-30 minutes is the ideal.
You may also play with your break time. 15-20 minutes is the suggested ideal, but you may only need 10 minutes and at times you may prefer 30. A break longer than 30 minutes may be counter-productive, making you lose focus.
Some people use this for everything from work to chores to fun, others use it for specific tasks, while some dislike it and find it restrictive rather than helpful. Try it out, see what works for you.
Remember, it takes about 21 days to masters the technique, so give it a fair shot.
The Pomodoro Technique is simple, free and can increase your productivity. It worth a try.
Have you ever tried the Pomodoro Technique? What are your experiences? Share your answers in the comments below. As always, we’d love to hear from you.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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