I know, I know – there are a million other articles out there all claiming that their one secret tip, trick or formula will make your life exponentially easier. And usually, that’s bullshit. Luckily for you, what I am about to share with you actually works. It will increase your productivity dramatically if you stick to it. Ready?
What I want to share with you is called Pomodoro. It’s been talked about, discussed and recommended by thousands of people the world over, and for a very good reason – it works. Let’s break it down.
Doesn’t it suck when you are beginning a new project. It could be anything, housework, homework, whatever. You are just starting, and you are becoming acutely aware of all the work that needs to be done in order to finish this project – this will often weigh you down and feel overwhelming.
What if you didn’t need to focus on completing the entire assignment, just tiny pieces of that assignment? You could imagine how much easier that would be to handle. Enter the Pomodoro Technique.
I was first introduced to the Pomodoro Technique when I enrolled in Launch Academy. I can’t remember where I heard about it exactly, all I know is that it works. As someone who is easily distracted, it can be very difficult at times to stay focused on the task at hand. Thankfully, Pomodoro fixed all of that for me – here’s how.
There are 6 steps to using the Pomodoro system, let’s take a look:
- Decide on the task to be completed
- Set a timer to 25 minutes
- Work until the timer goes off (no distractions)
- When the timer does go off, make a checkmark on a piece of paper
- If you have 4 checkmarks or less, take a short break (3-5 minutes). Repeat Steps 2-4. This is a full Pomodoro.
- After 4 pomodoros, take a longer break (15-30 minutes). Start over by resetting the checkmark count to 0 and repeat the steps starting from Step 1.
** If you do not want to set the timer on your watch or phone, use this site – super simple and easy to use. https://tomato-timer.com/ **
The pomodoro technique works because it breaks up your work into manageable periods of intense focus. I may not be able to successfully lock myself in a room all day and work on a coding challenge, but I probably can focus completely on it for 25 minutes at a time.
What’s more is that you have that break to look ahead to! This has a weird way of tricking your mind into thinking you are doing less work than you really are. Using the Pomodoro Technique has allowed me to spend hours at a time working away on my coding without feeling weighed down.
The Pomodoro Technique works best when you are making realistic tasks that can actually be completed. If the project you are working on is huge, for example – an entire website from scratch, focus on building just the backend, or do some styling. The point here is that you want to put yourself in a position to succeed and accomplish your goals, so do not overreach, otherwise you will feel defeated. No Bueno.
There you have it, the Pomodoro Technique to boost productivity!