The Pomodoro technique was created by entrepreneur and author Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s while a student at Guido Carli International University, a business school in Rome.
The method divides the work into intervals, usually 25 minutes. Each interval is called “Pomodoro”, which is the Italian word for “tomato”. These intervals are divided into short breaks of 5 to 10 minutes. After three or four sessions of Pomodoro have passed, a longer break of 20-30 minutes is recommended.
The main goal of using the Pomodoro technique is to improve your concentration and fluency at work. Here’s a breakdown of how it improves your focus:
Creates a feeling of awareness
Often we have the tendency to procrastinate when we are at work. For those of us who have a regular schedule, it can seem easy for the hours to get mixed up. It can become tempting to take a break and do something else for a while. Unfortunately, this can cause even simple tasks to lag much longer than they should.
By being aware of the time we spend on each task, we can view our time as the precious commodity that it is, and we are less likely to waste it.
Each time you complete a full Pomodoro session, you can jot down your progress and remind yourself that you have accomplished something. You also get a short break as a reward.
If you don’t know what to do during breaks and are looking for ways to boost your motivation even more, you can reward yourself by play productivity enhancing games such as solitaire.
Besides providing a source of entertainment and fun, games like solitaire have been shown to help calm your mind and improve your mental skills, which can also make you more productive at work.
Eliminate the temptation to multitask
We all like to think that we can focus on multitasking. Corn Unfortunately multitasking is a myth, and it gives you a false impression of being productive and achieving multiple goals.
The Pomodoro technique forces you to focus on one thing at a time. Before each session, you decide which item on your list you’re going to work on, then you start the timer and you’re done. If you decide to work on something else, you are advised to end your current session first and wait for the timer to finish.
Improves your physical health
Remember how we are supposed to get up from our desks and move every 30 minutes move our body to maintain our health? How many people actually do this? Probably not a lot.
By setting a regular timer that goes off every 25 minutes and takes you out of work mode, you can ensure that you move frequently throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount of exercise – doing some stretches or brewing a cup of coffee to drink while you think about a game of solitaire will do. The most important thing is to make sure you are moving.
Do you feel intrigued? Try it for a week and see if it helps!
There are many Pomodoro timers available online. Many of them, including Pomofocus, will even provide you with reports and statistics so you can track your progress day to day or week to week. If you’re feeling particularly minimalist, you can even use a stopwatch on your phone.
You can even play around with different time intervals and change the activities you do during your breaks to see what works best for you. Like many things in our professional life, it’s all about trial and error!