Pomodoro is Italian for tomato and many people swear by this tomato technique. This technique is popular among people who get distracted easily by small things. People who study and read continuously even though they are not paying attention. And people who are overly optimistic about how much work they can actually get done. The Pomodoro technique helps these people as it can aid in preventing mental fatigue.
What is it?
It is a time management technique where the aim is to alternate work sessions with breaks. You learn to alternate focused work sessions or “Pomodoro’s” with regular short breaks to provide sustained concentration.
How to do it
Here are some easy steps to incorperate the pomodoro technique in your work schedule.
- Decide exactly what you want to work on. For example, if you set an amount of work that you want to be done in the day. However, this goal needs to be achievable and not over and beyond what you can cope with.
- Make sure you have a timer nearby. It can be your phone timer, a kitchen timer or even a tomato-shaped timer like the man who invented this technique.
- Set the timer for 25 minutes and focus on one task for that 25 minute period. Don’t let anything distract you or sidetrack you, remember it is only 25 minute that you have to spend concentrating.
- When the timer goes off marking the end of your 25 minutes, set another timer for 5 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. This time can be used to make some tea or get a snack or to just sit and clear your mind.
- After the 5-minute break ends set another timer for 25 minutes and get back to work.
- After three or four of these cycles take a longer 30-minute break before starting again.
Benefits of the Pomodoro Technique
It Empowers you
This technique allows you to take control of your time and use it for the most beneficial purpose. No more wasting time scrolling through emails or getting distracted by a colleague. When you have work set in a specific time that is controlled by you, you get it done. You are in control of your time.
Improves your planning
Once you have done a couple of cycles you can kind of gauge how much work you can get done in the 25 minute period. Therefore you can plan up to a weeks work in advance as you know exactly how long everything is going to take you. You will be able to estimate how many pomodori you need to complete certain projects. This allows you to effectively plan work ahead of time and outline your schedule.
This technique can decrease your fatigue mentally as well as physically. During your five minute breaks, you are able to stand up from your desk, stretch and walk around regularly. This decreases back pain and fatigue caused by staring at a screen for too long. There is also the added benefit of allowing your mind to rest for a few minutes which prevents burnout and keeps you feeling motivated. You will be feeling physically and mentally better, while also getting a lot of work done.
There are so many benefits that go hand in hand with this technique and it is a good way to stay highly productive without burning out. It can be used in an office or workspace as well as for other work such as studying, research, background checks and writing. I highly recommend you give it a try and kick burnouts bottom.