Use The Pomodoro Technique to improve daily productivity

The Pomodoro technique is named after a kitchen tomato timer, of all things, that was invented by an Italian chap. And essentially, it’s a productivity tool that is simple, straightforward, and it’s really, really quite effective.

What you’re doing is you batch your time into 25-minute slots called a Pomodoro, and in that slot, you focus on one thing and one task only and nothing else. During that 25 minutes, that’s all you focus on, either until you have completed the task or the timer goes off.

When the Pomodoro goes off and it rings the bell, you take a 5- to 10-minute break, get away from your desk, then you come back and you do another Pomodoro. You just keep repeating like that all day. What this technique does is it sets an artificial barrier of time, it blocks everything else out, and it focuses you through creating a sense of urgency.

And it’s brilliant.

And the great thing is if someone is coming to disturb you, all you do is say, “Can you come to me at the end of Pomodoro? There’s about 10 minutes left.” And then you continue. It’s great.

Use it. I use it. Fantastic stuff.

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