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Getting Work Done With The Pomodoro Technique

Hello everyone! πŸ’™

In this article, I'll discuss the Pomodoro approach. A basic learning and productivity technique that will help you get work done.

The Pomodoro technique is for you if:

  • You aren't motivated enough to finish a task.

  • Get distracted when working on a project.

  • You want to know how long a task takes when working.

let's get started πŸ’ƒ

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is a popular time-management method invented by Italian Francesco Cirillo.

The Pomodoro Technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals of focus and rest.

Pomodoros are the names given to these intervals.

The Pomodoro technique divides time into 25-minute intervals, with 5-minute rest between intervals.

Each 25-minute period is a Pomodoro. Two 25 minute periods is a Pomodori.

A typical practice is to string together 4 25 minute work sessions, separated by three breaks. After the last work session (4th Pomodoro), you take a longer 15 or 20-minute break. The cycle then repeats.

let me break it down so you understand better 😌

  • At the beginning of each day select any tasks you need to complete for that day and put them on a TODO list

  • Choose a task to work on for 25mins (one Pomodoro equals 25mins)

  • set a timer for 25mins

  • work on the task until the timer rings

  • Take a 5-minute break

  • Repeat this cycle 4 times and then take a 15 minutes break

Once your break is over, you start another 25 minutes long Pomodoro. You can go back to working on the same task as before if you didn’t complete it during the previous Pomodoro or a new task.

The goal will be to hit a certain number of Pomodoros in a day, like 4 or so, and then hit that number again or more the next day.

The amount of Pomodoros you do in a day is up to you; there is no rule that you do 8-10 Pomodoros every day. As a novice, I recommend starting with 3 Pomodoros per day to see how it works before going to 8-10 Pomodoros per day.

You can use Online applications like the :

  • Focus To-do

  • Pomotodo

  • Engross

  • Tomato Timer

  • Flat Tomato

  • Or Your Alarm clock to set your Pomodoro timer

I use the Focus To-Do: Pomodoro Timer & To-Do List to set my timer, it's available for download on google play store.

What happens if you get interrupted during a Pomodoro? 😟

If you get distracted for more than 45 seconds during a Pomodoro, it will not count and you will have to restart. So no answering of phone calls or replying to WhatsApp messages for more than 45seconds.

I turn off notifications on my phone to prevent distractions during Pomodoros.

You can also let people around you know that you are busy and you will contact them later to avoid distractions.

Benefits of using the Pomodoro technique

  • Helps measure the real amount of work done.

  • The Pomodoro technique ease anxiety linked to beginning a task

  • The Pomodoro technique enhance focus and concentration by cutting down on interruptions

  • Trains planning and prioritization.

  • Efficient time management

  • Improves the Quality and Quantity of your work

The Pomodoro Technique is the best way to manage time and get more out of the day

I was reading a thread on Twitter, and I saw complaints about how the Pomodoro break made them lose focus.

How 25 minutes was too short for them to complete a task 😦.

I can relate to each one of their complaints because I've had similar experiences when coding. The reason I customized my own Pomodoro technique approach.

I changed my timer from 25 to 50 minutes and I take a 10-minute break before starting another Pomodoro. This method works for me and has helped me a lot, try it πŸ˜„ .

Remember you can always customize your own Pomodoro and you can use the Pomodoro to work on any task.

Conclusion

If you have any questions or a learning strategy you will love to share? or if you think the Pomodoro technique is not for you? Post about it in the comment section below and I'll be happy to answer every single one.

If you found this article helpful, please like and share it πŸ’™.

That's all for today! 😁 You reached the end of the article 😍.

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Rammina

Hey! Another developer who appreciates the Pomodoro technique. I can definitely testify to how much it helped me commit, but at the same time not to overwork for too long.

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Thanks for Reading Rammina ❀️