Are you super busy and feel like you can’t get it all done? Or, just can’t seem to get and stay motivated? Find out how the Pomodoro Technique can help you break down your work, help you stay focused, without sacrificing moments of relaxation.
The inventor of the Pomodoro Technique, Francesco Cirillo, was a university student in Italy during the 80s and named his task busting, time management technique after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer found in his kitchen, pomodoro meaning tomato in Italian.
In order to get and stay motivated and reduce the distractions that stood in the way of his tasks, he began by writing a to do list of tasks allowing himself the opportunity to estimate the required time, energy, and resources to complete a task. Then, he physically set the timer to twenty five minutes that would mark the starting point and time frame of the task and the subsequent ticking sound would connect with the urgency to finish the task. As he finished each task, he’d cross off each accomplished task allowing a sense of accomplishment and room for self observation. After each 25 minute interval, the doer is afforded a five minute break and after each set of four Pomodoros, increase the break by 5 minutes.
The goal is to minimize the distractions and interruptions that keep us from starting and finishing tasks and all staying focused on one project at a time. I learned this technique in high school during long nights of study from my teacher, Ms. Loehr. It always proved to help me through college and even at work. That way, I didn’t feel like I was slaving away at all my tasks, but going through each task carefully with a challenge to complete it within a “deadline”.
Have you tried the Pomodoro Technique? If you haven’t give it a try and let us know of your results.