Pomodoro Technique and why is it good for productivity?

Pomodoro Technique is a time-management technique that has suddenly gained importance as most of us working from home. We have several distractions, the major being Social Media. Managing time being at home and completing all the works with proper rest is a tricky task and the Pomodoro technique can help you in this.

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

This time-management technique was developed in the late 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. He was a university student and was unable to focus on his studies so invented a technique with a timer. In the technique, a timer of 25 minutes is set for a task and after it is completed short breaks can be taken. So, the timer is used to divide the work into intervals. Each interval is called Pomodoro. Now, Pomodoro is an Italian word that means tomato. As Cirillo used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer, the technique was given the name- Pomodoro Technique.

How does the Pomodoro Technique work?

A person has to divide his work into different intervals including breaks. The steps of the technique are-

  • Get a to-do list and select a task.
  • Set a timer for 25 minutes, and work on the selected task with full focus until the timer rings.
  • When the interval ends, mark off one Pomodoro and record what you completed.
  • Then take a five-minute break. Move away from your desk, take a drink, and enjoy.
  • After four pomodoros, take a longer break maybe a 15-30 minute break.

Why is it good for productivity?

The technique is good for productivity because it makes a person focus on a particular work for an interval usually 25 minutes and also take proper breaks. This time-management technique keeps the person-focused and he is able to take the required rest also. The regular breaks also keep the mind fresh.

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