It’s not always easy to focus and stay on track with your day’s work with all the distractions of everyday life, especially when working from home or in a new environment. Here is how to Boost your Productivity with the Pomodoro Technique.
Try the Pomodoro 🍅 technique if you…
- Find that little distractions end up eating your time
- Have lots of work that could take unlimited time (studying, research, etc.)
- Love to gamify your goals
- Tend to overwork yourself
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
Invented by Francesco Cirillo in the 80s, the Pomodoro technique divides your work into 25-minute cycles, separated by 5-minute breaks. It’s named Pomodoro (“tomato” in Italian) because Francesco used his tomato-shaped kitchen timer to measure the intervals.
His goal was to challenge himself “Study without interruptions for 10 minutes.”
The system worked, and Francesco refined and shared it with the world.
How to use it?
Although Francesco has written an entire book on the subject, the strength lies in its simplicity.
- Decide on your task
- Set the timer for 25-30 minutes and start working
- Work on the job without any distractions
- Mark one completed session after the timer goes off
- Take a short 5-minute break
- Set the timer for 25-30 minutes again and repeat.
- Record your sessions
- After four sessions, take an extended 10-15 minute break.
Making the most out of the technique
The steps are simple enough; however, there are a couple of more tips we would give you for making the most out of it.
- Don’t try to do too many sessions at once.
Start with 2-4 sessions a day and slowly increase it with time; willpower is a learned skill, and it’s good not to burn out.
- Make sure you can accomplish your task on your own.
The Pomodoro technique is more suited to individuals, as you risk being derailed or distracted by your coworker with a different work rhythm.
- Use the breaks to review your work.
Yes, you are supposed to relax on your breaks, but it’s a good idea to give your work a casual look over to be more efficient.
Let’s get productive
Losing focus is a normal part of work, and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up when it happens.