Do you feel as if you don’t have enough time in the day? Are there too many daily distractions? Are you struggling to finish anything at all? Are you feeling tired and uninspired? Having trouble balancing between work and personal time? I recently discovered this very helpful time management tool known as the Pomodoro Technique. Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s, The Pomodoro Technique can help you power through distractions, hyper-focus, and get things done in short bursts. My favorite benefits are that you can still take frequent breaks to come up for air and relax and it’s easy to get started. The Pomodoro Technique is so easy to use that even students can apply it to their busy school lives.
Simply take the following steps:
- Choose a task to be accomplished.
- Set the Pomodoro Technique to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer).
- Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings and then put a check mark on scratchpad.
- If you have fewer than four checkmarks take a short break of no more than 5 minutes, then go to step 2.
- After 4 Pomodoro’s take a longer break of 15 to 20 minutes.
- Lastly, reset your checkmark count to zero and restart at step 1.
Frequent breaks enhance your ability to concentrate on tasks, which improves productivity. They also help your body fight off the negative effects that can occur from prolonged periods of physical inactivity while sitting at your desk. Give it a try today!
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