For some of us procrastination is a real pain. It can be very damaging, and hard to overcome. The Pomodoro Techniquehelps us get back on track by making us work in a more focused state of mind.
It’s a time management method that consists on working short amounts of time while being focused on one thing only. It consist in 4 easy steps:
- Decide on the task to be done.
- Set the a timer, traditionally to 25 minutes, and just focus on working on the task until the timer is up. (This is called a pomodoro)
- Take a short break (3–5 minutes) or a long one
(15–30 minutes) after every four pomodoros.
- Go to step 2 until the task is finished.
There is a rule though. You have to make the effort to stay focused during the whole pomodoro, if you get distracted the current pomodoro doesn’t count and you have to reset it.
But how does it help? Just working on something for 10 minutes helps you overcome the barrier your brains builds to protect you from boring stuff.
By the way don’t be surprised when you just get carried on and work more than the pomodoro was supposed to last. You are free to adjust the working/ resting times in order to fit the way you work. I’ve seen some people work with pomodoros of 45 minutes.
You can also use any timer you want, you can even use an actual kitchen timer. But I recommend 2 tools: Productivity Challenge Timer (ios – android) and Pomodoro Tracker for the web. I like both of them because you can enable a fast-ticking sound, which helps me concentrate even more.
I have being using it for one week and it has helped me to finish my task faster and leave work on time. I suggest you give it a try and see how it helps you. Don’t forget about the comment section, and let me know what you are going to use it for. See you.