With the advent of the internet, email, texting and other time-saving technology, we, as humans, have become obsessed with multi-tasking. Indeed, we put a great deal of emphasis on the ability to handle multiple tasks at one time. Even companies looking to hire often note that an ability to multi-task is key for the successful applicant.
Over time, however, we have come to realize the many downfalls of this practice. From frequent errors to difficulties in completing just one task in our rotation, we now know that there are times when multi-tasking is not the answer.
Enter Pomodoro. The Pomodoro Technique was created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, an Italian software developer who found that using his tomato-shaped kitchen timer really helped his productivity (pomodoro means “tomato” in Italian). The technique consists of 25-minute work bursts, followed by a 5-minute break. After 4 consecutive 25-minute work and 5-minute break sessions, the break is then 15-30 minutes long, and the cycle begins again.
Read on to discover the benefits of Pomodoro and find out if this is this right way to get YOU focused and on track!
Breaking up your day into small pieces can help jump-start projects that you don’t know how to begin. It’s a lot easier to say “I’ll just do this one part” rather than staring an entire project in the face. It also makes it easier to organize your day versus jumping around to all sorts of projects and never finishing any single one.
Additional Benefits of the Pomodoro Method
Ready to give Pomodoro a try? This free online timer is a great way to automatically track while you work, it will even “ding” for you to signal when to take your break or move on to the next round of work. Better yet, if you find you need to adjust the time constraints to better fit your ideal efficiency, you can easily make your own timer and run through that cycle instead.
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