The Pomodoro Technique: Is It Right For You?

by LifeHack

If you spend any time at all researching life hacks, you’ve probably heard of the famous Pomodoro Technique. Created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique is one of the more popular time management life hacks used today. But this method isn’t for everyone, and for every person who is a passionate adherent of the system, there is another person who is critical of the results. Is the Pomodoro Technique right for you? It’s a matter of personal preference. But if you are curious about the benefits of using the technique, this article will break down the basic information you will need to decide if this technique is worth trying out. What is it? The Pomodoro Technique is a time management philosophy that aims to provide the user with maximum focus and creative freshness, thereby allowing them to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue. The process is simple. For every project throughout the day, you budget your time into short increments and take breaks periodically. You work for 25 minutes, then take break for five minutes. Each 25-minute work period is called a “pomodoro”, named after the Italian word for tomato. Francesco Cirillo used a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato as his personal timer, and thus the method’s name. After four “pomodoros” have passed, (100 minutes of work time with 15 minutes of break time) you then take a 15-20 minute break. Every time you finish a pomodoro, you mark your progress with an “X”, and note the number of times you had the impulse to procrastinate or switch gears to work on another task for each 25-minute chunk of time. How can it help you? Frequent breaks keep your mind fresh and focused. According to the official Pomodoro website, the system is easy to use and you will see results very quickly: “You will probably begin to notice a difference in your work or study process within a day or two. True mastery of the technique takes from seven to twenty days of constant use.”

who argues that the Pomodoro Technique is…well…sort of ridiculous. “Either you work for 25 minutes straight to mark your X or you don’t complete a pomodoro. Before he started using the technique. meaning I only have 20 minutes between now and the meeting…In these instances I tend to not start a pomodoro because I won’t have enough time to complete it anyway. Who loves it? Steven Sande of The Unofficial Apple Weblog is a fan of the system. using the Pomodoro Technique can help you crank through projects faster by forcing you to adhere to strict timing. and spreading a task over two or three pomodoros can keep you from getting frustrated. Colin T. I halved the total time required to fact-check a column. Say I have a meeting set for 4:30pm. “Sometimes I couldn’t figure out how to organize a single day in my calendar.If you have a large and varied to-do list. Shellenbarger tried out this system. You’ll grow to “respect the tomato”. and has compiled a great list of Apple-compatible Pomodoro tools. simply because I would jump around to all sorts of projects and never get even one of them accomplished. for example.” Another critic is Mario Fusco. Miller. tried using the Pomodoro Technique and had some issues. refreshed by breaks. The constant timing of your activities makes you more accountable for your tasks. a Yahoo! employee and blogger.” he says. and that can help you to better handle your workload. Watching the timer wind down can spur you to wrap up your current task more quickly. For instance…meetings get in the way of pomodoros. Since marking that X is the measurable sign of progress. along with several other similar methods for time management. and said that “It eased my anxiety over the passing of time and also made me more efficient. . you start to shy away from engaging in an activity if it won’t result in an X.” Another proponent of the Pomodoro Technique is Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal. and minimizes the time you spend procrastinating. he said. “Pomodoros are an all or nothing affair. the system isn’t without its critics.” Criticism Despite the number of Pomodoro-heads out there. It is currently 4:10pm.

you can fork over some bills to get a tomato-shaped timer if you want…or you can use any timer program on your computer or phone. like any other serious professional. The process isn’t ideal for every person.” Conclusion One of the best things about the Pomodoro Technique is that it’s free. So even if you try it and hate it. Yeah. I can stay concentrated on what I am doing for hours…Bring back your timer to your kitchen and start working in a more professional and effective way.“Aren’t we really able to keep ourselves concentrated without a timer ticketing on our desk?…Have you ever seen a civil engineer using a timer to keep his concentration while working on his projects?…I think that. you haven’t lost any cash. . or in any line of work. But if you need a systematic way to tackle your daily to-do list. the Pomodoro Technique may fit your needs.

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