The Pomodoro Method

Concentration plays a big role in our lives. For every day chores, we find ourselves in a constant state of focus – when we cook, when we clean, sew, write, talk – it’s endless. However, we cannot always have to put our full attention into every little thing we do. A lack of focus is the only and ultimate enemy of concentration – distractions can mess up our routines and our learning and, unfortunately, they are inevitable.

Every one of us has our own way of dealing with external factors that disrupt our concentration, and of getting our focus back on track. This article is about one tactic wildly used: The Pomodoro Technique.

Francesco Cirillo, a university student back in the 1980s had, like any of us, a hard time focusing on his studies and assignments. Upon trying to find a solution to this issue, he decided to study for just a few minutes at a time every day, and test how long he would stay focused on a task. Upon setting eyes on a kitchen-timer for assistance, the Pomodoro Technique was born – for the kitchen-timer had the shape of a tomato, word that, in Italian, translates to pomodoro.

But, now that we know what this technique is, the question remains: how does it work?

Well, as Cirillo perfectioned, the Pomodoro Technique sets a relation between tasks and time. To successfully perform it, one must:

  • Annotate their tasks
  • Set a timer for 25 minutes
  • Focus on a task for 25 minutes
  • Take a break of 5 minutes
  • Extend break to 15 or 30 minutes after four completed sessions

 

It is no problem if a task is completed before the time is up – however, once the clock is set, it must ring. When a task is completed, one has to simply move on to the next task on the list until the 25 minutes are completed.

On the other hand, if a task requires more than 25 minutes to be done, one must break it down to fit the 25 minutes of work and allow for the short breaks in between.

However, even then, distractions still happen – we can’t just simply get rid of them. Cirillo recommends us to take a 5-minute break whenever we are interrupted, and then return the timer back to 25 minutes. The goal is to get things done – and find ways of what to do in case distractions keep on happening.

One should try this technique if such distractions are too much throughout the day while working or studying; or if there are extensive research and university assignments to be completed; or there’s a lot of accumulated work. It is important to, first of all, have a clear plan of what tasks need to be executed – and then, invest on a timer for these tasks.

Also, the length of time for each Pomodoro, although having its rules, can be adjusted to the preference of each individual – maybe 50-minutes of work sided with 10-minutes breaks are better for some people. The length and complexity of tasks also has a big influence on how each Pomodoro should be organized.

And the benefits Pomodoro brings are helpful to combat such situations of doubts and distractions – besides boosting productivity, it assists people with procrastination, turns repetitive work into a fun game of rewards, limits lengthy tasks, and welcomes distractions at their right time.

In this article about the Technique, a selection of great time-tracker options was listed. From websites to apps compatible with Mac or Windows – we recommend checking this read!

 

Here at iTechtions, our team makes great use of the Pomodoro Technique. From enjoying tranquil music while working, to reading or exercising or playing foosball during our breaks – we are able to boost our productivity and performance and, as a result, excel at what we do best in our company: help others find career paths that are meaningful to them.

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