Struggling to focus? Can’t seem to manage your time effectively? Rushing to meet deadlines while overloaded with work?
For many people, time is an enemy. We never seem to have enough of it. We wonder how successful people appear to have time affluence while we're stuck in a time famine.
Ironically, the secret to conquering your day might be easier than you think.
Over two million people swear by the Pomodoro Technique. This popular method helps you work with time rather than against it by alternating between focused work sessions and breaks.
Pomodoro is Italian for "tomato." As a student in the 1980s, Francesco Cirillo struggled to keep up with assignments and studies. While fumbling around his kitchen he happened upon a tomato-shaped timer. The rest was history.
The core process of the Pomodoro technique can be understood in six simple steps:
When structuring your Pomodoros, ask yourself the following questions:
How long does a task normally take?
Start to notice patterns based on the amount of time it takes you to complete tasks. Jot down when you think you're spending too much time on a task. Adjust and improve as needed.
What is distracting me?
The point of a Pomodoro is to be an undistractible force. Eliminate triggers that cause you to lose focus. Cut out anything that interrupts you.
What do I need to get done?
Define clear objectives. Know exactly what you need to accomplish and devise a clear plan to follow. Stick to it.
The Pomodoro Technique can be a valuable weapon in your arsenal when you need to conquer the day or finish items on your to-do list you’ve been avoiding.
By taking control of your time, you set clear boundaries for your brain. Time becomes your friend.
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