November 19, 2019

How to stay focused and productive at work: Pomodoro technique

Distractions are a problem hampering productivity. Pomodoro technique is a very effective technique that you may use to enhance your productivity.

How to stay focused and productive at work: Pomodoro technique

Distractions are a problem hampering productivity. These interruptions range from colleagues calling you out to phone notifications.

Usually, it takes several minutes in going back to the task you were doing originally. If you carefully assess your work during the day you will find that these interruptions end up taking a lot of time during your entire working period.

Pomodoro  technique is a very effective technique that you may use to enhance your productivity. The basic rule for this technique is to work for 25 minutes completely interrupted.

The name of the technique, Pomodoro, comes from the Italian name of tomato, taken from the tomato-shaped timers which are generally used at homes to measure time in the kitchen. Francesco Cirillo, the developer of the method had a timer of this kind.

Following are the steps to follow this method to increase your productivity:

  1. Choose the task which you want to do. You should choose one task only.
  2. Decide the amount of time for which you want to do it. Preferably you should keep working on it for 25 minutes or more.
  3. Set the timer for that amount of time.
  4. Work exclusively on that task until the timer rings.
  5. Take a break of 5 minutes.
  6. Repeat steps 1 to 4 until you have done this 4 times. After that take a long break of up to 30 minutes and start again.

The 25 minutes timer ensures that these 25 minutes you are completely dedicated to the task at hand.

This might seem a very simple solution but you will find that your productivity has increased manyfold.  

The creator and proponent of this technique recommends that you use a simple type of mechanical timer that you need to rewind manually. The ticking of the counter constantly reminds you that you need to do the task at hand and ringing gives the satisfaction of the completion.

On the other hand if you want to try the Pomodoro technique but do not have a mechanical timer, a quick Google search will reveal plenty of websites and apps that offer this functionality.