Thursday, September 5, 2013

Using Time Management Tools: Pomodoro Technique

I have previously suggested the use of a tool, Pomodoro Daisuki. Unfortunately, this tool is no longer available. My thoughts on why this occurred are provided at the end of this article.  However, due to the removal of this tool, I have not yet vetted a suitable replacement at this time.

Regardless of what you call this method of managing your time, it is very effective. The Basic premise is that you do sprints with your time broken out over 30 minutes. The order should be 25 minutes in a pomodoro, and 5 minutes to break. After 4 cycles you should take another 15 minute break.

Pomodoro I - 25 minutes
Break - 5 minutes
Pomodoro II - 25 minutes
Break - 5 minutes
Pomodoro III - 25 minutes
Break - 5 minutes
Pomodoro IV - 25 minutes
Break - 5+15 minutes

This will take you through 2:15 and 4 can be preformed in a typical 9 hour day with a 1 hour lunch. A few
things to keep in mind is that you have to actually stop whatever you are doing when the timer goes off. If you are working on a big project you should chunk the project into 25 minute chucks. If the thing you are working on is going to take longer than one pomodoro schedule as many pomodoros are you need to complete the task.

This is such an effective approach because it is difficult for people to intensely focus more than 25 minutes. This will break up your day and give you more energy in doing so. It will also make completing the things on your to-do list possible because they are now bite size.

I hope this helps you become better at managing your time.

To your Success.

The Pomodoro Technique Brand

Francesco Cirillo created the Pomodoro Technique® in the 1980s. It is now practiced by professional teams and individuals around the world. My assumption is that, as many other Pomodoro timers have recently had to change their names, in com
pliance with a cease and desist letter sent on behalf of Francesco Cirillo, who holds the trademark for Pomodoro and The Pomodoro Technique the name had to be changed. This particular tools is sadly no longer available due to this event. Francesco has yet to provide an online equivalent of the timer. I completely understand the copyrights that are granted to Francesco, so I respect him for taking back his content rightfully.

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