Pomodoro Technique to Boost Your Productivity
Last year many of us have to learn how to work from home. It’s not always easy to keep focus and stay on track with our day’s work when we work in a different environment than the office, especially in our homes.
It’s important for everyone to find their own rhythm and create healthy habits, and planning our work efficiently can make us save plenty of time.
Is the Pomodoro Technique right for you? Let's find out.
What is The Pomodoro Technique?
Francesco Cirillo invented this technique in the 80s. Pomodoro consists of dividing work in cycles of 25 minutes, separated by 5 minutes breaks. “Pomodoro” ("tomato" in Italian), its pomodoro because Cirillo used his tomato-shaped kitchen timer to set a cycle of 25 minutes.
This method is a time management strategy that has a goal to provide the maximum focus and freshness on a certain task. Also, using Pomodoro technique we can improve effectiveness in a day to day activities.
It is rather easy to learn technique:
- Identify the task you want to work on.
- Set a timer for 25-30 minutes, and get to work.
- When the buzzer goes off take a 2-3 minute break.
- Repeat the process.
- After 4 sessions, take a longer break (10-15 minutes).
- Record each session in your notebook or other means of notes utility.
Benefits of the Pomodoro Technique
Writing down how many cycles we completed in a day is also a good way to stay motivated. In a 7 to 8 hours day, having completed 8 to 10 cycles of 25 minutes without any distraction is an achievable and satisfactory goal.
Focusing more during shorter periods of time actually means we spend less time on what we’re doing, because we lose less time being distracted.
We are writing this article at the moment when the work from home or remote work has been popularised and imposed on companies who weren't big on out-of-the-office. This is at the same time fruitful scenario for individuals working from home to practice Pomodoro to improve performance.
Losing focus is totally normal and we should not beat ourselves up when it happens. We are not robots and it’s okay to not always be super productive.
This technique can help anyone who feels distracted or overwhelmed to focus on what matters. Try it and share your experience.
You will never know if you never try :)