The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a Pomodoro, from the Italian word for ‘tomato’, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.Wikipedia
In simple words, the Pomodoro method divides your total working/studying time into sessions of 25 minutes.
- You have to just set the timer of 25 minutes and start studying. In these 25 minutes, you should focus only on whatever you have decided to study/work. Take care of that nothing should interrupt you.
- After 25 minutes you have to take a break of 5 minutes. In these 5 minutes, you can do anything. You can attend calls you missed in those 25 minutes or you can take a small walk. You can just relax!
- After 5 minutes you have to again start studying for 25 minutes.
- After 4 sessions of 25 minutes, you can take a break of 15–20 minutes.
The relation between “Pomodoro Method” and Increases Productivity
Multi-tasking two tasks that require conscious attention has been shown to be a myth. If you want to do a task well that needs your conscious attention, you really have to focus solely on it. But focusing on one task for a long time is hard for most people. External stuff pops up to distract you (emails, calls, people rocking up at your desk). Your internal ‘Ooh, I must just…’ tends to go into overdrive.
Some of these distractions actually do need attention sooner or later, but if you allow them to distract you then and there, your focus and productivity drops. Studies have shown that top-level productivity takes anywhere from 8–15 minutes to re-achieve if interrupted.
Pomodoro method allows you to focus on one important task (or a succession of them) for 25 minutes, shutting out the distracting stuff. It’s not a big ask to focus for a 25-minute stretch; most people find this relatively easy. You can easily write down any urgent thoughts or deflect external distractions for this short amount of time. At the end of the 25 minutes, you can use the 5-minute rest period for actual rest/leisure, or to catch up on fragmented small tasks/discussions.
It sounds simple (many of the best systems are) but many people, like me, have found it revelatory. People who attempt to just keep working hour after hour generally see their productivity drop significantly over time. Pomodoro is like a periodic renewal of commitment and focus, and an allocation of protected time of maximal productivity, while still allowing space for all the little things to fit in somewhere.
Why Pomodoro Method is so effective
It’s good for people with a short attention span. There are people who can’t go for long focused on one task. Whether it’s a temporary or permanent problem, the Pomodoro method helps you overcome it.
Time-blocking. I believe that we often give ourselves more time to complete different tasks than we need and we end up slacking around. Pomodoro is like a self-applied deadline that whips you back in shape.
It helps in managing bigger tasks. Seeing a giant task on your list, it’s quite likely to discourage you. Working for two, three, four hours on something sounds so off-putting. Meanwhile, doing just 25 minutes appears light and manageable.
Pomodoro Method – Tool and Application
- Pomo Done
- Focus Booster
- Focus Keeper – Time Management
- Focus To-Do: Pomodoro Timer & To-Do List
Pomodoro Method is quite effective if you really use to plan your day. It could be useful:
- Focus on the task and look for the most effective (fastest) way to solve it
- Correctly distribute the load. Time to work and time to rest
- Have time to do many tasks, but do not spray on everything at once.
What do you get using Pomodoro:
- More free time on your life
- More tasks are done in your list