Pomodoro: This frog is edible
Tim Ferris said, “Focus on being productive instead of busy”.
One of the several ways to increase productivity is Pomodoro Technique.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English of the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student. The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.
There are six steps in the technique:
- Decide on the task to be done.
- Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
- Work on the task until the timer rings. If a distraction pops into your head, write it down, but immediately get back on task.
- After the timer rings, put a check mark on a piece of paper.
- If you have fewer than four check marks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 1.
- After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your check mark count to zero, then go to step 1.
I decided to use this technique to complete my project work last night. I had to complete it by today in any case. I started by keeping my cell phone out of my hands’ reach and writing blogs one after other. It was not easy to not use Facebook or Whatsapp while working on internet for so long. It took me almost two hours to complete all the parts. Three pomodoros (breaks) helped me reach my goal. After it, I took a break of twenty minutes. These twenty minutes appeared to be a great blessing. A few minute walk and a cup of coffee refueled me. I started re-checking the project work then and after fifteen minutes, I was done with everything.
It was a great experience and I was more relaxed and fresh even after three hours continuous work. This technique significantly increased my productivity and I will continue using it to accomplish my tasks in future as well. However, next time I will try to stay away from internet too as it distracts one away from the main objective.