For ages, people have tried to master time management and be in control of it in their lives. Not many of us are able to master this skill to a perfection. We can only use different tools and methods which can help us become more productive. One of such methods is very popular pomodoro technique.
What Is Pomodoro Technique?
Pomodoro technique is a method of time management which was invented in the late 1908s by Francesco Cirillo. As the name suggests, the technique uses popular pomodoro timer as a tool in setting time blocks. Its aim is to manage time in an effective way and prevent its loss on activities which are not connected to the tasks we have to perform.
The pomodoro technique consists in 4 “pomodoros” – 25 minute period during which you work. When one pomodoro ends, you take a 5-minute break. Afterward, you set another 25 minutes and keep repeating the action. After completing the 4-pomodoro cycle, you take longer breaks.
This procedure happens with the use of the kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato, hence the name.
In this article, we will follow the author’s guide through the technique to give the best explanation on the subject.
How to Use It?
Once you have the timer, and it doesn’t have to be a kitchen timer in the tomato shape – it can be your clock, watch, a timer in your smartphone, etc., you should follow the 6 steps:
- Choose the task. You can either choose just one or a varied number, depending on your preferences. You can create a to-do list which will help you stay on track. Also, the 25-minute blocks can serve as the determinant of how long you want to work on particular tasks.
- Set the timer for 25 minutes. It doesn’t matter that your project may take the entire day. Each pomodoro is supposed to help you stay focused.
- Work on your task for one pomodoro. You shouldn’t spend the 25 minutes on anything else but that one task. If you have something more to do, do it later, write it down not to forget about it.
- Put a checkmark when the 25 minutes are over.
- Take a break.
- Take a longer break after each pomodoro.
If you’d like to have a detailed guide through the pomodoro technique and its advantages, you can find a detailed description in Cirillo’s book “The Pomodoro Technique.”
Pomodoro And Time Tracking
The technique is popular and used by many people because of its ease. It doesn’t require much attention, only a piece of paper, a pen, and a timer. But there is something peculiar about it. Doesn’t the method remind you of time tracking? After all, it’s all about making your work effective.
The Pomodoro technique may be considered as a time tracking method because in a way it helps in managing time which has to be allocated to tasks or projects. However, there are too many differences between the two. Yet, pomodoro technique is not time tracking itself. Nevertheless, this method can be extremely helpful in time tracking and time management.
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