Friday, January 2, 2015

Pomodoro Technique: This is how I became more productive

What is Pomodoro Technique?

  • Pomodoro is a productivity technique that allows you to focus on a single task for a chunk of time.
  • Original technique is 25 mins of work on a single task, you can modify it according to your own tasks and your concentration span, but research shows that 25 is the right amount of time to continuously focus on a single task.
  • You just need to turn on the timer of 25 minutes and start working on a task and continue working without any breaks as long as the timer is ticking.
  • It is more effective when there is tic tic sound to go with the timer, it gives you the sense of time passing and and allows you to focus more on the task in hand.

How I use it?

I have been using this technique for a few years now, my workflow is such, that I am almost all over the place online. When I am working on something, there are times, when I get lost somewhere is youtube or an article. So I started using this technique to keep myself working on a single task for at least 25 min. In the beginning it seemed like I am forcing myself, but after sometime the temptation to look for a new article or a youtube video slowly started dying and I found myself more productive. You wouldn't even realise, but you will be able to get more stuff done with the same time, you once felt was less to get things done. So get all the items in your todo list and assign them at least 1 Pomodoro session in a day and you will get closer and closer to your end goals.

Apps that can help you

There are many tools that can help you practice this, one of the free solution is Focusbooster, it is available for mac and windows and is one of the best pomodoro technique app available for windows and mac. The other option is for mac users, called Pomodoro Timer, it will cost you $2.99 but it also offers some extra functionalities like Pomodoro goals for the day, and it also tells you how many Pomodoro sessions you have completed in a day. You can surely find many options to try out and you can simply use pen and paper to track the number of sessions and a simple phone timer to track your session timing. It depends on you, what app or workflow suits your needs and make you more productive, but I will surely recommend you to try this technique in your work to boost your productivity. Don't forget to tell me your experiences in the comments section below.

Know more about the technique on it's official site: The Pomodoro Technique 

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