Getting things done with the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique, created by Francesco Cirillo, is a productivity system that helps you stop procrastinating or getting distracted, allowing you to focus on getting stuff done.

The technique is made up of a few simple steps:

  1. Decide what to work on
    Tasks should take about 25-minutes to complete. Larger pieces of work should be split into smaller, manageable chunks.

  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes
    Start working, and don’t stop until the timer rings. Ignore all interruptions, including emails, texts, and other notifications—or silence them before starting. ‘Do not disturb’ is your friend.

  3. When the timer rings, you’ve finished one Pomodoro
    This is your chance to take a 5-minute break. Set your timer, take a walk, check social media and do all the things you aren’t allowed to do during work.

  4. After every four Pomodoros, take an extended break
    Take a longer (15 to 30-minute) break, depending on how good you’re feeling.

The Pomodoro Technique is incredibly simple and effective. The 25-minute work session is long enough for you to stay focused, while the frequent 5-minute breaks give you a chance to unwind without disrupting your work.

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