Would you like to improve your productivity when you are doing some task? Continue reading to learn the Pomodoro technique.
The Pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro technique is a method of time management developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 80s. This technique consists in dividing the time we dedicate to perform a specific task in 25-minute intervals with 5-minute pauses between each interval. In this way, if we take 100 minutes to complete a task, we will say that it has been a consistent task in 4 pomodoros (4 × 25 = 100) .
With this technique your working time will be divided into pomodoro time and non pomodoro time .
The pomodoro time is that part of each interval of 25 minutes. While the non-Pomodoro timeconsists exclusively of breaks. You should avoid interruptions at all costs and therefore should not be counted.
Think about the amount of non-pomodoro time you suffer each day when you are developing a job (or studying) and do not use any technique to manage your time.
If you decide to study 2 hours (120 minutes) and use the pomodoro technique with breaks of 5 minutes between each interval, you have actually managed to study 1 hour and 40 minutes with maximum concentration.
What are the basic steps to implement the pomodoro technique?
1. Decide what task we are going to perform.
2. Put the clock or timer on a 25-minute countdown.
3. Work with maximum concentration on our task until the clock sounds. Then we will mark an X on a leaf (1 pomodoro)
4. Take a 5 minute break.
5. Every 4 pomodoros (100 minutes) we will take a longer break of 15 or 20 minutes.
Why does the pomodoro technique work?
Thanks to the conditioning we make our mind get used to concentrate every time we press the timer. The more times we use this technique, the shorter the delay time necessary to concentrate.
In addition, the small rewards in the form of 5 minute breaks help us to relax and reduce stress .
Where does the name of this technique come from?
When its creator began to use this technique, he used a timer like the one in the photo. Pomodoro means tomato in Italian.
What benefits do we get with the pomodoro technique?
- It allows us to be more focused and focused
- Avoid mental exhaustion
- Increase motivation to achieve each small goal in the form of pomodoros
- Reduces the anxiety of seeing how time passes and we are not fulfilling what we had marked
- Avoid interruptions within each pomodoro (25 minutes without interruptions)
- We will obtain a sense of achievement when counting the number of pomodoros overcome
- It will take less time to complete our tasks
- We will obtain more realistic estimates about the time we will need to complete future tasks
- We will avoid procrastination
Recently I discovered this virtual counter of pomodoros to facilitate the administration of our time. I hope you find it useful.