Trying Out: The Pomodoro Technique

pomodoro-techniqueAt the internet marketing seminar I attended last weekend I discovered a new time management technique which I thought I’d share with you all.

It’s called the Pomodoro Technique (a name close to my heart as I love tomatoes!). It was invented by an Italian student, Francesco Cirillo, who used one of those “tomato kitchen timers” to measure chunks of his time. It enables the user to focus on the task in hand they need to accomplish and to use time as an ally instead of a source of anxiety!

To get started, all you need is:

  • A kitchen timer
    You can use either a real timer or a software timer. Set it to 25 minutes.
  • A sheet of paper
  • A pencil

The Pomodoro Technique then works like this:

  1. Choose a task to be accomplished
  2. Set the timer to 25 minutes
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
  4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
  5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break

So the idea is that you break down that impossible task into smaller chunks which are do-able. Apparently, you’ll be able spot improvements within a couple of days and master the technique after a week or so.

So, I’m going to give it a go and see whether it improves my time management :)

The Pomodoro Technique website has a free e-book to download plus a cute “starter kit.”

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