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September 01 2016 // 5:00 AM

The Pomodoro Technique

Written by Dan Fabriziana | @PAEVENdan

The Pomodoro Technique

When at work, efficiency is key.  With so many interruptions and distractions that are available to you throughout the day, it’s tough to be efficient.  In this article, I’m going to talk about a technique that you can use during the work day to help you become more efficient.  The technique is called “The Pomodoro Technique.”  

The Pomodoro Technique was created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s.  It is named after the pomodoro (tomato) shaped timer that he used to use in his kitchen while he was in college.  The purpose of the technique is to break your day at work up into 25 minute intervals.  By breaking your day up into 25 minute intervals followed by scheduled breaks, you maintain your mental sharpness, prevent yourself from getting burned out, and eliminate distractions.  Also, I believe my day goes by a lot faster when I used the Pomodoro Technique than when I don’t.  It is easier to attack a 25-minute window rather than looking at the day and thinking to yourself, “I still have 4 hours left”.

HOW DOES IT WORK

1.    Determine what tasks you can complete within 25 minutes.

2.    Set your pomodoro timer to 25 minutes.  You can use any device that counts down as your pomodoro timer or you can simply search “tomato or pomodoro timer” online.  (There are plenty of searches that come up)

3.    Work on your task(s) without any interruptions until the timer rings.  Do not stray away from your game plan.  If your phone rings, or an email comes in, make a note about it, but then dive right back in to the tasks that you are working on.

4.    Once the timer rings, set it to 5 minutes.  This break allows you to check your phone, respond to any emails, talk to your colleagues, or just take a breather.

5.    After the timer rings and your break is over, return back to step one.

6.    Repeat steps 1 through 4 for four rounds.

7.    After the timer rings on your 4th round, you can now take a longer break (15 to 30 minutes).

8.    Repeat this process for the entire day.

By assigning yourself tasks and completing them within each pomodoro interval, you give yourself a sense of accomplishment.  In my experience, every time I finish the tasks that I assign to myself within an interval, I feel good about myself and I tend to work harder, as well as challenge myself to see how much I can actually get done in 25 minutes.

I hope this tip will help you work faster and more efficiently throughout your work day.  Please let me know about your experiences using this technique, or if you have another productivity technique that you like using.

Feel free to reach out to me at dfabriziana@paeven.com if you have any questions or comments. And remember: sharing is caring!

Best,
Daniel Fabriziana 
 

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