Are you a time-management pro? Are you always on the hunt for the best productivity resource? If so, you have likely heard of the Pomodoro Technique. If not, and you are newly interested in time-management, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Keith first introduced me to the Pomodoro Technique years ago. He utilized it as a method to focus on his work and get stuff done! At the time, however, I did not see a great need for it. I’m a relatively focused person, so the concepts didn’t seem applicable. Fast forward a few years, I recently implemented this technique to my working day and I am hooked.
Developed by Francesco Cirilo, the primary principle is this: decide on a task, work in a focused manner for 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break. Repeat. After the session is completed, record what you worked on for those 25 minutes. These interval working sessions are called “pomodoros.” (The Italian word for tomato is “pomodoro.” Tomato kitchen timers originally the means by which the 25 minutes were tracked.) After four pomodoros, take a longer break: 15-30 minutes.
One tool I use for this approach is the app “Pomodoro Time 1.1.” It is free, simple in its design, and easy to use.
I’m quite late to this particular technique for time-management. As in, 25+ years late, considering it was developed in the late 1980’s. However, I’m officially hooked. Consider me a Pomodoro-groupie. In fact, I used it to write this blog post today.
What methods of time management work for you? If you’re like me, will you give the Pomodoro Technique a try?