What is the Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Techniques was created in the late 1980s by a university student, Francesco Cirillo. He was struggling to focus on his a studies and complete assignments. Due to the pressure, he challenged himself to commit to just 10 minutes of focused work time. Encouraged by the challenge, he found a tomato (pomodoro in Italian) shaped kitchen timer, and the Pomodoro technique was cemented.
Pomodoro is effective because of it's simplicity:
1. Get a to-do list and a timer.
2. Set your timer for 25 minutes, and focus on a single task until the timer rings,
3. When the sessions ends, mark off one pomodoro and record what you achieved.
4. Enjoy a five-minute break.
5. After four pomodoros, take a longer break for 15-30 minutes to refresh. Repeat the cycle for at least 3 hours or as much time you can afford.
Why is this effective?
The 25-minute work flows allow you to remove distractions and give yourself an achievable goal to get things done. The breaks in between keep you fresh while you prepare for your next Pomodoro.
Here are some tips to get the most out of your Pomodoro sessions:
- Break down complex projects - If a task requires more than one pomodoro, divide the task into smaller, actionable steps for each session to reach your end goal.
- Small tasks go together - Any tasks that will take less than one Pomodoro should be combined with other small tasks.
- Once a pomodoro is set, follow through - Challenge yourself to stay focused to the task at hand. All the ideas, tasks, or distractions that come up during your pomodoro, take note but follow through to the end of your session.
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