How to Manage Your Time Better with the Pomodoro Technique?


What Is The Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro technique has nothing to do with Tomatoes, but it does have to do with productivity and how to time manage better.

The Pomodoro Technique is a productivity technique that helps people get things done by helping them focus on a specific task within a Pomodoro time limit. The Pomodoro time limit is 25 minutes followed by a short break. Some tasks might take more than 25 minutes to finish, so you might need to reset the Pomodoro timer several more times. Ultimately, as stated before, the Pomodoro technique is geared towards helping people focus for the next 25 minutes to get things done.

How To Use The Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro technique is can be summarized into 5 easy steps:

  1. Choose a task to be accomplished.

  2. Set your timer to 25 minutes. (Note the Pomodoro is the timer itself). During the 25 minutes, only focus on doing that task until the time’s up. After that, check off the task from your to-do list.

  3. Take a 5 minute break.

  4. Repeat the process. Feel free to take longer breaks as time progresses (10-15 minutes).

  5. To maximize the benefits of this technique, if possible, work at a place where you can focus the best and to get the task done efficiently.

How To Get Started With The Pomodoro Technique?

Getting started with the Pomodoro technique is simple. All you need is a timer. Most people have a phone nowadays so you can simply utilize the alarm or timer feature on your phone set at 25 minutes to get started.

Not only that, there are people out there who developed a Pomodoro app for smartphones. You don’t need to go fancy and take that route, but it is also an option. As long as you have a timer of some sort, then you are ready to go.

How To Integrate The Pomodoro Technique With Other Productivity Techniques?

The Pomodoro technique is not the end all be all productivity technique. There are many other productivity and time management techniques that might work better in some situations than others when compared to the Pomodoro technique. With that in mind, the great thing about the Pomodoro technique is that you can integrate it with other techniques.

For instance, you can organize and prioritize your tasks by using the Eisenhower Matrix. Once you've done that, you can start tackling each task by using the Pomodoro Technique.

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Conclusion

So how do you manage your time? What techniques or methods do you use? Feel free to share it with us in the comments below. We love to learn a few new tricks to share.

SOURCES

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT70iCaG0Gs
http://lifehacker.com/productivity-101-a-primer-to-the-pomodoro-technique-1598992730
http://pomodorotechnique.com/

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