What is the Pomodoro technique?
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management approach developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s and traditionally, the timer will run for 25 minutes at a time with 5 minute breaks, until the fourth break which is for 10 minutes.
“Pomodoro” is the Italian word for “tomato” and the technique is named as such due to the timer that Cirillo used at university being shaped like a tomato!
How does it help me?
It’s very easy to get engrossed in a project that you might forget to make yourself a drink or stretch your legs regularly so the sound of the Pomodoro app pinging to signal a 5 minute break is a regular reminder for me to do just that!
Time to rest my eyes.
Not literally, I’m not talking about mid-morning naps, but we spend a lot of time looking at screens these days: computer screens for work, phone and tablet screens for social media and TV screens for entertainment…We’re inundated with screens, so to have a regular reminder to rest my eyes, look out of the window, do a wordsearch, and look at something that isn’t showering my eyeballs with blue light is really helpful for me.
Less procrastination, more motivation.
My mindset has changed from “I’ve got all day to do this” to “I’ve got 50 minutes to get to this particular stage” so I push myself to meet mini goals in the time I have before the app signals a break. This means that I procrastinate less and I feel more motivated to get things done and tick them off my list.
I make it work for me.
The default settings are 25 minutes of work with a 5 minute break and then after 4 rounds, a 10 minute break. That said, you can make it your own. I tend to work for 50 minutes and having 10 minute breaks so that I can fit in work calls, and the longer break is 1 hour to accommodate my lunch.
My day feels better structured.
I suppose it goes without saying that the structure to my day makes it more productive and enjoyable. Since it is divided into manageable chunks, I don’t feel overwhelmed with everything that I need to do; I assign a project to each 50-minute session so that nothing falls off the end of the list.
Where can I find it?
There are Pomodoro apps on both the Apple Store and Google Play Store, but also if you’re using your computer and you would rather keep it to one device, you can also find websites with the same time management functions.
This app has gone straight on my home screen because I use it every day. As well as the working day, it seems like something I could maybe use for HIIT workouts to factor in those short breaks and home projects that I want to get started but keep putting off!
Have you ever used the Pomodoro technique or app, or do you plan on trying it?