The Pomodoro Technique

Invented by Francesco Cirillo in 1999, he gave it the name Pomodoro by the tomato-shaped clock he used to time himself with.

I have been using this technique now since September of 2020. My grades at school increased an entire grade point in all of my classes. I write about 2-5 pages a day, about two articles a day on average, using the Pomodoro technique.

The idea is that any task(s) can be broken down into short, timed intervals called Pomodoro’s.

How to use the Pomodoro technique:

The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique
  1. First, you will need a timer, and nowadays, people usually use their phones.
  2. Figure out the task it is you want to accomplish
  3. Set your timer to 25 minutes.
  4. Work on the task for 25 minutes and avoid consistently checking the timer.
  5. When the timer goes off – take a 5-minute break – make sure you physically get up at this time. Do not take the break in the same spot you were working.
  6. After 4 Pomodoro cycles, take a more extended break of 20 minutes.
  7. Then repeat the cycle from step one again until satisfied.

Try and limit all distractions. The point is 25 minutes of complete and an entire focus on the task at hand. Put your phone on airplane mode or do not disturb. Stay off of social media at all costs. Do not work on anyone else’s time but your own. If someone calls or visits you, negotiate a time to call or see them on your breaks or when you’re done.

When is it best to use the Pomodoro technique?

It works well for boring class assignments. Commit at least one short 25-minute focus session with the assignment. Most after getting one session down, they are more committed and willing to finish the work. It works well for reading those arduous long textbook chapters for class.

The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique

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