Time Management Skill: The Pomodoro Technique

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do, or when to do it. The thing is, we get much more time when we manage our time wisely.

That’s why I like the Pomodoro technique.

Here’s some other benefits:

  • Alleviate anxiety linked to beginning

  • Enhance focus and concentration by cutting down on interruptions

  • Increase awareness of your decisions

  • Boost motivation and keep it constant

  • Bolster the determination to achieve your goals

  • Refine the estimation process, both in qualitative and quantitative terms 

  • Improve your work or study process

  • Strengthen your resolve to keep on applying yourself in the face of complex situations

The Pomodoro technique works like this:

  1. Work for 25 minutes

  2. Rest for 5 minutes

  3. Repeat 4x

  4. Take a ‘big break’ (30-60 minutes)

  5. Repeat 1-4

The best thing about the Pomodoro technique is the tracking of time. You can see where you time is spent the most, and then work on the system that receives the most time spent from you.

Here is the BEST Pomodoro tracker to help you measure and manage your time: https://pomodoro-tracker.com/

Note: I like to use this in conjunction with a calendar so that I remember to take little breaks, walk away for a minute, and then I perform better. (If you’re an employee in a larger organization this can be very difficult)

Why you should use it

We perform our best under constraints. The best constraint is of time, because it is the only limited resource. When we deliberately use the constraint of time, we win in two ways: get more done faster, and have more time to use however we want.

If you want to improve your time management, then you need to measure that time. Use the Pomodoro technique with the link above for no less than 30 days to see where you time is going.

Tips on using the Pomodoro Technique

  • If something doesn’t take the entire 25 minutes then either batch more smaller tasks together, or ask yourself if what you’re working on is important, or just urgent.

  • If it takes more than 5-7 time periods then break them down further.

  • The best use of the Pomodoro technique is insight. This comes from using the technique for a period of time, not while using it.

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