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The Pomodoro technique was created by Francesco Cirillo in late 1980, in order to gain productivity, managing better the time in his studies. Its name is inspired by a kitchen timer shaped tomato (Pomodoro, in Italian). Thanks to this timer, he undertook periods of 25 minutes to perform activities in an exclusive way, finishing each period when the alarm sounded.

The starting point is a ToDo list, with the day’s activities (I recommend read “Schedule your day to be more efficient”).

  1. Start a Pomodoro (25 minutes), addressing an activity.
  2. You can not stop the Pomodoro. If it is interrupted, the Pomodoro is considered empty or null.
  3. When the Pomodoro is finished, mark a X at the right of the activity.
  4. Take a break of 3-5 minutes, in order to reflect on achievements, attend any interruption or micro-tasks different to the ongoing activity.
  5. If the activity is not finished, repeat the process. If the activity is finished before the end of the Pomodoro, take advantage of the rest of the Pomodoro reviewing what has been done in the activity, learning from it.
  6. Every four Pomodoros take a longer break (15-30 minutes).
  7. When the activity is finished, cross out this one, retaining the X marks (Pomodoros done).
  8. Repeat the process by addressing the next activity.

The main idea of this technique is to engage your time exclusively to execute the activities without interruptions. Each break allows the mind to be disconnected and assimilate the learning of the activity done during the Pomodoro. This provides you a feedback and greater productivity, and also improves the ability of the mind and reduces stress.

This technique is recommended for tasks with a high-concentration of mind, such as research, studies, writing, analysis, software programming, etc.. It is also suitable for heavy tasks, repetitive or mechanical. Its great advantage is that it puts focus on the task, increasing the concentration and cutting distractions.

What do you think about this technique? How do you think this technique can help to improve your productivity?

 

 

References:

Official site of Pomodoro Technique

 

 

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