THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE®

The Pomodoro Technique® is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo. The method is a technique to stay focus on your task and get more done. 

When you use the method you break down your work in short 25 minutes intervals with at least 5 minutes break between. You set the timer on 25 minutes and start your first session. Under “the Pomodoro session” you only focus on your task and nothing else like email, phone or other colleges asking questions. So turn of notifications on your phone and computer and put up some kind of sign that you are doing a Pomodore session and don´t wont to get disturbed right now.

Why break down in 25?

The idea is that if you break down your work in 25 minutes sessions you will get more done. And especially in a modern office where there are lost of distractions. And every time you switch focus you will lose energy and momentum. And staying focus on one task is the key. And also the brain has difficulties to stay focus for to long period but 25 minutes is short enough to stay focused but long enough to get things done.

It is impressive to see how much you can achieve in a 25 minutes intervals when you focus on one thing. You can start your day with a pomodore where you plan ahead what you wont to do this day. And make a short task list and then start with the highest priority.

Working with Pomodore demands that you can shield yourself from the surrounding environment. One way to do this is to use headphones and some sort of a indication to your colleagues that you don´t wont to get disturbed right now.

Most questions from colleagues can wait a maximum of 25 minutes. So get back to them when you are finished.

When the timer rings

When the timer rings its important to take a short break. Don´t continue on your active task, your brain will need the breaks, so go and grab a coffee or talk with a colleague. And after you have done a couple of Pomodoros you can take a longer break, but set the timer even here.

Go easy when you try this for the first time. Don´t start using Pomodoro sessions for the whole day, instead try 2-3 Pomodoros every day and evaluate after.   

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Thanks to Jimmy Janlén for letting me use his pictures from Agile Topics Cards.

This blog is not affiliated with, associated with, or endorsed by the Pomodoro Technique® or Francesco Cirillo.

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