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Raj Kiran Chaudhary
Raj Kiran Chaudhary

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My Time Management Tool

It is obvious that time is a great asset. Once lost can't be retrieved the same again. So it is crucial to manage your time. And being a person working on Software Development Industry, we have to deliver the products on time i.e. following DEADLINES is most. One day, while surfing through the internet, I came to know about Pomodoro Technique and decided to give it a try. Let me explain what this technique is: It is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 80s. This method basically breaks the time in small chunks of 25 minutes followed by a break of 5 minutes. Each interval is known as Pomodoro. The word Pomodoro came from a tomato-shaped timer that he used to track his time as a university student. The core process of this technique is divided into six small steps:

1) Choose a task that you want to get accomplished.
2) Set the timer to the length of 25 minutes.
3) Work on the task without any distraction for this set time.
4) When time is up, Pomodoro will ring and then put a checkmark on a paper.
5) Take a short break for 5 minutes.
6) Every four pomodoros take a longer break.

Here, longer break refers to the time length ranging from 15 to 30 minutes. Grab a cup of coffee, go for a short walk, meditate or do anything that refuels energy to your body for another 25 minutes. It’s a basic yet highly productive tool who wants to use their time in a great way.

But one thing to remember, if you don’t complete a Pomodoro then you have to set the timer to 25 minutes again. This is the penalty that you have to pay if you don’t complete the Pomodoro.

Why should you use it?

1) It encourages to focus on some important tasks for a short period hence increases productivity.

2) Rather than thinking we have endless time, it makes us think we only have 25 minutes to get the task completed.

3) We can keep track of our invested time on certain tasks.

How to get started?

To keep track of your time, you can use following web apps:

1) Tomato timer: I have been using this since I knew about the Pomodoro technique. It’s a neat and clean web-app with a sleek interface. You can give it a try.

2) Marinara timer: It is another timer that has more variations than the tomato timer. It has a Pomodoro timer, Custom timer, and Kitchen timer. The timer set in here can be customized according to your need. Feel free to try this.

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