The Pomodoro Technique



Have you ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique?  The above picture is a simple illustration of the process.  Basically, it's a simple way to better manage your time by focusing on one specific task for 25 minutes straight, then taking a 5 minute break.  You repeat this process four times, then take a 15-30 minute break.  Pretty simple, right?

The theory behind this concept is you can accomplish much more in less time by creating a systematic and focused approach to accomplishing tasks.  Think about how easy it is to become distracted while at work.  Checking email seems to be one of the biggest distractors for many people, as well as checking your cell phone.  Other distractors are conversations with co-workers, or simply doing mundane, unimportant tasks to avoid getting things done.  The Pomodoro Technique allows you to focus on one specific task at a time.  The technique requires you to use a timer (the technique is named after the pomodoro tomato shaped timer the original author used to track his time) so that you don't have to concern yourself with time.  Simply work hard on the task until you here the sound of the buzzer.

Here is an article on the topic that is excellent by Chris Winfield.  In the article, Chris discusses his process of using the Pomodoro Technique to reduce the amount of hours he works each week, and even become more productive in the process!

If you give this technique a try, leave a comment and let me know if you found it helpful.