Pomodoro

photo-1432821596592-e2c18b78144fHappy Happy Monday peeps! So excited to share my first post in this series. As I mentioned in my previous post, my motivation to line up the tricks and hacks is to manage our time so that we can protect our precious brains from distractions and actually achieve our goals and targets.

So without further adieu:

What is Pomodoro? It’s a simple technique that enables you to be more productive. Choose a task -> set the Pomodoro for 25 minutes -> work on the task until Pomodoro rings -> put a check mark on the paper -> take a short break. Take a longer break every 4 Pomodoro. The following image sums it up nicely.

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That’s it!

I’ve been using Pomodoro technique for more than two months- including writing this post!

Why? The official site explains 4 reasons of using this process.

  1. Work with time – not against it
  2. Eliminate Burnout
  3. Manage distractions
  4. Create a better work/life balance

If you want to be a tomato-ninja (:p) then you might consider taking it to the next level and become a Certified Pomodoro Master (CPM)!What do you need to do for that, I hear you say? You should be able to:

  1. How much effort is required for a specific task?
  2. Protect your Pomodoro (from distractions or eagles snatching the time away)
  3. Determine how many Pomodoro’s you’d need for the activity?
  4. Use Pomodoro not just for work but for reviewing the work.
    • Recap -> Work -> Review
  5. Set a timetable for organizing your work.
  6. Choose your objective (could be anything, could be world domination)

The whole idea of using this approach is to focus on the task at hand and ignore any outside stimulation (tweets, pokes, text messages, emails and phone) and to go into the “flow” of work. Some might argue that 25 minutes is not enough to focus or that it takes more than 5-10 minutes to get back into the “zone” if you move away from it (context-switching). Both true and true. Personally, I use 25 minutes when I know what the problem to resolve is or when I am familiar with the task at hand and could confidently predict that I should be able to finish it in say 2 tomatoes. If I am in the zone, I don’t take a break and most times get stuff done sooner. You’ll find your own way of using it and refine it depending on your work.

You don’t need an iOS app for this, a watch or phone alarm would do the job.

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