The Pomodoro Technique
Large projects and the daily grind can get to you. The longer you work, the more easily you get distracted. The Pomodoro Technique is designed for you to get more done with fewer distractions because it has distraction time built into the system.
The Pomodoro Technique was created in the early 90s by a developer by the name of Francesco Cirillo. The foundation of the system in a way to time yourself, and is in fact, how the system got its name (Cirillo used a kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato).
How it Works
Once you have a way to time yourself, you decide how long each “Pomodoro” will be. The most common time is twenty minutes. You work in sprints, for example, twenty minutes of focused work, five minutes rest. The rest period is designed for you to tackle distractions that come up throughout your working time. E very third rest is fifteen minute period, allowing you to tackle larger distractions or take a short walk to stimulate or relax your mind.
Build the Foundation
To get the most out of the Pomodoro Technique, before you start your first sprint list out the tasks or projects you’d like to accomplish. After each Pomodoro, place a check next to the task on your list. If someone or something comes along when you’re in a period of focused work, you quickly assess the priority level. If the interruption is not an emergency, politely put it aside to return to during another sprint or a break, which is ever most appropriate.
Flexible for You
Remember, the Pomodoro Technique is a system, not a rule book. If you’re almost done with a task and the timer goes off- wrap up what you’re doing, and then take your break. If an interruption is deemed worth stopping your task- do it. The Pomodoro Technique is a flexible system by design and allows you the flexibility missing from some other systems.
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