Have you heard of the pomodoro technique for getting things done? I had not heard of it until I listened to a podcast and the person being interviewed mentioned it. So, I was curious enough to look it up. The name comes from this timer that is shaped like a tomato. Pomodoro is Spanish for tomato, thus the name.
The technique is pretty easy and straightforward. You set a timer and work for 25 minutes straight on a task. You don't let yourself be interrupted by text messages, social media, TV, etc. You work and then after 25 minutes you take a 5 minute break. Then you go right back at it.
Now the concept is easy enough, but it takes more discipline than you might think, because we are always being interrupted or we interrupt ourselves. For example, I was working on a project tonight, and so I set the timer on my phone. As I was working, I got a text message. Without thinking, I started to pick up the phone to respond to the text but then I stopped myself. I put the phone back down and continued to work.
This is a great concept for someone like me who struggles with focus at times. The project I started working on wasn't going to get done in a short period of time, but I could knock out a chunk of it and then take a break and then go back to it. I can't wait to see what happens to my productivity if I can really follow this concept.
If you want to learn more about it, go to pomodorotechnique.com.
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