The Pomodoro Technique – A Great Way to Get Things Done
One of the most common problems that we see with people is getting things done. One of the reasons many people do not accomplish their tasks is due to the fact that they are multi-tasking and do not have set deliverables in place. This is something that I admit, I sometimes struggle with as well.
Especially as entrepreneurs, there is something called the “shiny object” syndrome. Meaning you don’t stick with something and see it to the end because something “shiny” (better or what seems better) steps into the picture and you jump over to that and abandon what you were doing before.
There is a great technique called the Pomodoro Technique. This technique is a time management method that was developed by a guy named Francesco Cirillo back in the 1980s. This technique uses a time to break down your work task into 25 minute intervals. Each interval is separated with a short break. The 25 minute intervals are called pomodoros. Funny sounding name, but it is the plural in English of the Italian word pomodorus (tomato). This name came about because this was the type of timer that Cirillo used when he was a university student.
The concept is based around the idea of having extreme focus during each interval, which will allow you to accomplish the task at hand. The breaks that are included are thought to improve mental agility.
I am using this technique right now to write and send out this blog post.
To try this technique you will need a timer. If you don’t have a nifty tomato timer like Cirillo, one that we use online is http://e.ggtimer.com
Here are the steps to follow
1. Create your task list
2. Set your time for 25 minutes to accomplish your first task
3. Work on that task (and only that task) until the timer rings. If
you get sidetracked by another task, write it down to get back to it during a different interval, but immediately get back to the main task you were working on.
4. Once the timer rings, put a check mark onto a piece of paper to show that you accomplished one “set”
5. If you have less than 4 check marks (1 hour), take a break (3-5 minutes), then go back to step 1
6. If you have over 4 check marks, now it is time to take a longer break (15-30 minutes), and reset your check mark count to zero, then go back to step 1
These stages can be broken down into Planning (Step 1), Tracking (the timer), Recording (the check marks), Processing (counting the marks and accessing the proper breaktime) and Visualization (self – observation of completed tasks).
This strategy enforces Focus and Flow. If interrupted during a pomodoro, the other activity must be recorded and postponed.
Many tools have been created around this technique, but the creator (as well as myself) prefer a simple timer, paper and pencil The physical act of writing down a check mark gives a sense of accomplishment.
So, try this technique out and let us know what you think in the comments below! Personally, I think it is a great strategy to help you accomplish your tasks!
Lorette Lyttle is the “little” sister of “The Lyttle Sisters”. Lorette can’t stop thinking like a marketer everywhere she goes and loves to write about what she observes from other businesses , personal experiences and other successful entrepreneurs and how certain strategies can be (or shouldn’t be) integrated in your business. She is also the “geeky” one of the sister clan and pulls out some techy stuff once in awhile and likes to write and share with others who will listen (since Alicia usually just nods her head at the tech talk) ! – See more at: