• Misa Lavkova Closier

The Pomodoro Technique - An Effective Time Management Tool

Updated: Oct 18, 2018

Do you tend to procrastinate? Your attention is easily diverted by the distractions around you? Do your thoughts jump from one subject to another at the speed of light? If you are interested in these questions, here is a Time Management technique that is right for you.

This technique was used by the Italian Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s, during his studies at the Guido Carli International University (LUISS Guido Carli) in Rome. He had found himself in a hollow, a period of low productivity and confusion. The high number of distractions and cuts, coupled with a low level of concentration and motivation, were the main causes of the confusion. After observing his peers, he wanted to know if he was able to study for at least 10 minutes in a row. For this he used a timer in the form of Pomodoro (tomato in Italian), and that's how it all started.

As his experiences grew with his own attention and concentration, he came up with an unbeatable technique that he used even as a software developer at the European Bank once his studies were completed.

To increase his productivity, he alternated periods of 25 minutes of work and 5 minutes of break, using the tomato-shaped timer. The technique is more elaborate than that, but if you keep the ratio 25/5, your productivity will boost significantly.

Pomodoro Technique:

— Write the tasks to accomplish (eg write a blog on Time Management)

— Set the timer on 25 min (I use my iPhone)

— Rest on the spot without interruption. If an idea or distraction arrives, write it down on a piece of paper.

— When the timer rings, turn it off and take a break of 5 minutes (Cirillo recommends doing something for your health: stretching, walking ... me, I'm generally having a coffee/tea, or I'm looking at my phone)

— Repeat 4 periods of 25/5 minutes, but after the 4th session of 25 minutes, take a long break of 30 minutes (you can lunch, surf on FB, relax ... for me it's time to take my dog out and breathe).

— Read each completed task on your list.

The goal:

• eliminate distractions in a sustainable way

• feel satisfaction with our ability to do "pomodoros" and not what we did.

• to advance even when motivation is lacking (which often happens)

Try this technique and share with me your impressions. For me, it's really a technique that changes my ability to "get s**t done". 25 minute bursts are possible ... and often converts into 2-3 hours of effective work.

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