March 2, 2023

The Pomodoro Technique: A Step-by-Step Guide

I do love food, but I’m not here to talk about the tomato ( Pomodoro in Italian) but to talk about the Pomodoro technique.

Developed by Francesco Cirillo(Italian) in the late 1980s. Using a tomato shape time, he started organizing his schedule to study and get better results. He tried different intervals till he did the decision that 25 minutes was the best time for what he needed.

So what is a Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that involves breaking work into focused intervals separated by short breaks as an effective way to boost productivity and avoid burnout.

Below there is a small step by step to use this technique but before I should say that as with everything, the Pomodoro may or may not work depending on your case/ task.

If I am doing some coding that I am in the middle of a problem or if I am writing something this technique doesn’t work for me as it breaks my chain of thought. However, if I am studying or learning something, If I am doing any task that is ok to break without breaking the flow, then the Pomodoro technique is really useful.

  1. Choose a task to work on: Start by selecting a task that you want to focus on. Make sure it is a specific, achievable goal that you can complete within a reasonable amount of time.

  1. Set a timer for 25 minutes: Set a timer for 25 minutes, which is one "pomodoro." This is the length of time that you will focus exclusively on your task, without any distractions.

  1. Work on the task until the timer goes off: During the Pomodoro, work on your task as intensely as possible. Do your best to avoid distractions, such as checking your email or social media.

  1. Take a 5-minute break: When the timer goes off, take a short break for 5 minutes. Step away from your work, stretch, walk around, or do something else to relax and recharge.

  1. Repeat the process: After your 5-minute break, start another Pomodoro and repeat the process. After four pomodoros, take a longer break of 15-30 minutes.

  1. Adjust the length of the pomodoro and breaks as needed: As you become more comfortable with the technique, you may find that you need to adjust

You have a smartphone most likely and/or a watch so it’s easy to set a timer but here you have the Pomodoro clock ready to go and easily adjustable.

That’s basically it. Quite simple and easy to do. Next post about time management I will focus on time blocking, another way to focus and get better at time management.

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