The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo to help people keep on task and to identify, handle, and learn from distractions. Cirillo called each work session a pomodoro (Spanish for tomato) because he used a tomato-shaped timer to time each work session.
The Pomodoro Technique in a nutshell:
- Task -Select a task and set a timer for a 25-minute work session (pomodoro). During the pomodoro, work completely on the task without stopping to attend to distractions. If a distraction comes up (email, phone calls, Skype message, etc.), write it down and take care of it during a break or use a task later in the day to deal with it.
- Break – When the timer goes off, make a checkmark on a piece of paper and take a five-minute break. Get up and move around. The idea is to prevent burnout and the feeling of continually rushing to get things done. Move your body and give your mind a break too.
- Task – After the break, start another pomodoro. Continue with the previous task or start something new.
- Break – After four pomodoros, take a longer break of 30 minutes or so. Make sure you get up and move your body. For example, after four sessions in the morning, take a lunch break or small walk.
The main ideas are to:
- break your work into manageable chunks to motive you to start and avoid being overwhelmed.
- make yourself take breaks to avoid burnout and bring down stress levels.
- identify your distractions and learn how to manage them.
Using The Pomodoro Technique, you can go back and count the checkmarks to see how much time it took to do each task. This will really help in estimating how much time new tasks will take. You can also see where you are wasting time and becoming distracted. Continue reading “The Pomodoro Technique and Me – Juicing the Tomato”