Being focused on your tasks, without any interruption or distraction, is a bit stressful, as it is self-challenging to accomplish your work which requires skills in time management. And there is always a solution: the POMODORO.
It’s a technique developed by the Italian Francesco Cirillo in the 80s. He had a timer that looks like a tomato that helped him to manage his time. That’s why this technique is called POMODORO: ‘tomato’ in Italian.
How to manage your time using the Pomodoro practice?
Managing your time using the Pomodoro technique is very easy. All you have to do is to split your tasks into sessions of 25-minutes each, and a break of 5-minutes after every session. Then a well-deserved break of 20 to 30 minutes once you achieve the 4th session. Every 25-minutes or every session is very productive, and you can see the difference after your first session, but to make sure that you are doing it right, avoid any kind of distraction or interruption: put your devices in silent mode, don’t check your notifications and emails, bring your water and anything you might need while working.
Why the POMODORO?
Pomodoro practice helps you avoid disturbance and interruptions, and allows you to be more focused and determined on a single task in order to increase your productivity in your work or study and also your capacity to innovate. Cirillo’s technique has a positive impact on professional life:
- Developing a very good competence for concentration and focus;
- Ability for more productivity and multitasking;
- Achieving better results and having innovative solutions;
- Focusing on one thing for a long time;
- Being able to wisely alternating concentration and relaxation, which optimizes mental performance, and therefore allows you to work for several hours in a row with productivity and good results.
Some applications to help you increase productivity using the Pomodoro technique :
Several apps have been developed to help you concentrate intensely on a task without being disturbed. Here are the top 10 best pomodoro timer apps:
- Marinara Timer
- focus booster
- Be Focused
- Focus To-Do
Experts talk :
Mostly, it’s hard to estimate the time for some specific tasks, so you can’t finish them within 25 minutes, it’s okay then to take your short break then you continue in the next session. The main idea is to get used and develop discipline to set one goal to achieve for a timebox. If you think you can work for longer sessions but being fruitful, you can make your own pomodoro by focusing for 40 minutes and taking a break of 10 minutes for instance.
Don’t hesitate to adjust your capacity to focus and time management to give the best of you.
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