The Pomodoro Technique is a time management technique in which people basically use a timer to get themselves to get things done in brief and successive periods of time.
In the traditional Pomodoro Technique, you might do 4 sessions of work today, in 45-minute spurts. In between each work period, there is a 15-minute break.
Can a Timer Make a Person More Efficient?
I laughed and laughed at the thought of this technique working for me. As if a simple timer would take away my lazy!
Um, for 45 minutes.
I was just unmotivated to do my task for more than 45 minutes. Once I stopped (drafting my book), I didn't want to work for two more hours!
Incremental Decreases in Time Can Increase Efficiency
Instead, I tried a different tactic. It's one I've used with my kids before (especially when working together on chores, homeschooling, or a long-term homework project).
Instead of doing 4 45-minute sessions, I did 4 sessions of a declining number of minutes, with 15-minute breaks (to check Facebook, read, exercise, or play games) in between.
TIP: Can't focus for 45 minutes? Maybe 30 minutes is your high sweet spot, and you can do 30/25/20/15 - and just do a few more sessions a day.
If the project is really big, of course, I might have to do 8 sessions or longer than 45 minutes to start. But that's okay as long as I can stand the longest segment!
When I tried working for 45 minutes, then a break, then 35 minutes, then a break, and so on, guess what happened?
Working the Pomodoro Technique in declining increments of time gave me a reward (less time left to work and never having to work harder than round one), so it worked for me!
Try it. Pick today's task list in your planner, and see if the technique works for you. I'm doing my household tasks this way today. And if it doesn't take the whole two hours (45 + 35 + 25 + 15), great!
Extra time for napping. Happy Saturday!
I just use the timer Chrome extension, but for those of you who need actual visual timers, I have some recommendations.
Notice that none of them happen to be a stupid looking tomato. :)
Timer that I love for kids:
Timer that I love for adults:
And this Visual and Audible Timer is more expensive but worth it for anyone with trouble concentrating, include ADD adults and kids. Make sure to check it out.
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