With the growing number of distractions, the current generation has very little attention span. Do you know what this means? A decrease in attention span means a decrease in focus. But to get into the deep state or flow state there needs to be continued attention towards a task.
When the attention span is already at an all-time low, how do we maintain continuous focus? The answer is the Pomodoro technique. Pomodoro technique is a simple but effective time management technique focused on short deep work sessions and frequent breaks.
The Pomodoro technique helps in maintaining a good balance of focused work and break which helps to avoid burnout. The technique encourages taking breaks to maintain a study flow of thoughts.
I have personally been using the Pomodoro technique. After using the technique for more than 6 months I decided to share the idea with the readers.
The main purpose of me using the Pomodoro technique was to get a good focus time. I had few issues with focusing with so many distractions around me, this led to me researching about time management and focus.
After reading tons of research and techniques, I decided to give Pomodoro technique a try. Here in this article first I will try to explain what the Pomodoro technique really is and then look into various aspects of the Pomodoro technique.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is pomodoro technique?
Why to try the pomodoro technique?
If you are confused right now about using the Pomodoro technique then this article will solve that problem. If you are already using a technique to focus and that’s working great then no need to look into this technique.
But if you are looking for some guidance about trying to manage time and focus on work or if you are facing one of the below problems then this method is for you.
- If you get distracted easily
- Cannot focus for long time
- Lack of intent or motivation to work.
- Waste too much time thinking about the task.
If you feel that you are facing one of the above-mentioned problems then this Pomodoro technique might be the solution.
What is pomodoro technique?
The Pomodoro technique is a simple time management technique that creates a sense of urgency and helps us to accomplish tasks more efficiently. The technique is widely popular among productivity guru’s and many of them swear by this method.
The Pomodoro technique not only helps us to manage time more efficiently, but it also helps us to combat procrastination. Rather than blaming technology and social media for our lack of distraction, the technique helps us focus better on the task at hand.
The Pomodoro technique constitutes of 5 simple steps
Step 1: Pick a task from the list of tasks you already have. Club small, similar tasks together and break down large complex tasks.
Step 2: Set a timer for 25 minutes.
Step 3: Work on the task for 25 minutes. If you are distracted by anything. Then write it down. Like if you see a notification on Instagram then write it down.
Step 4: Task a 5-minute break. Once the Pomodoro is complete take a 5-minute break.
Step 5: After every 4 Pomodoro take a 30 minutes break. And do it all over again.
The Pomodoro technique not only helps us complete tasks but helps us with a sense of achievement on completing each Pomodoro. This increases the release of dopamines which helps us in accomplishing more of these tasks.
How did pomodoro technique come to be?
The Pomodoro Technique was developed in the 1980s by university student Francesco Cirillo. Like all of us, Cirillo was struggling to focus and often distracted. Trying to study for 4 hours he would end up studying just one.
Feeling dejected, he decided to commit to 10 minutes of focused study time. Encouraged by the challenge, he found a tomato (Pomodoro in Italian) shaped kitchen timer, and hence the name Pomodoro technique.
After seeing the success of the technique Cirillo went on to write a 130-page book on Pomodoro. This book is your bible for the Pomodoro technique and will give you all the ins and outs of this method.
How to make most of Pomodoro technique
The Pomodoro technique is quite effective in keeping your mind focused. But to increase its efficiency and make it more effective I have tried and tested some of the below-mentioned tricks.
These are simple ideas that complement the Pomodoro technique and make it more efficient and effective.
Schedule in Advance
Scheduling is one of the most effective methods and techniques of time management. If you already have a schedule ready, you know what task you need to tackle next. Pre-decide on the number of Pomodoro you wish to complete each day. Then segregate your tasks in these Pomodoros.
This will help increase the effectiveness of the Pomodoro technique and help you make the most of the time spent.
Batch similar tasks together
While using the Pomodoro technique the most efficient way to do tasks is batching similar tasks together. Like if you are editing a youtube video then creating a thumbnail and uploading a video to writing a description can all be put in a single batch.
If you have paying electricity bills as one of the chores then batching all the billing-related activity into one batch is the most efficient way of doing it. If you are already paying bills then it’s quite efficient to do all the bills at the same time.
Batching also has some good psychological effects. Humans like to do things that are similar and it takes time to get accustomed to change. So if you are constantly changing to different tasks, then you will lose out on quite a bit of efficiency.
The important aspect of the Pomodoro technique is taking breaks. The technique’s complete idea is to make it easy to do things. So the idea of 5 minutes of short break after each Pomodoro and a large break after 4 is essential.
Though some experts say that taking breaks cuts the flow. When you are engrossed in an activity and you are deep into it, you are more efficient if you continue doing it. This is called the flow state.
But the Pomodoro technique is quite opposite of this idea. I sometimes use the combination of the flow state and Pomodoro. I continue working towards the goal even after 25 minutes. I skip the breaks when I know I don’t need them.
Use an Extension
Using a Pomodoro extension is the most common way of tracking the Pomodoro. You can use a Pomodoro timer or simply use your watch or phone to set the timer for 25 minutes. But since most of my tasks are associated with using the browser. So I use the chrome Pomodoro extension.
The Pomodoro extension that I use is the Marinara Pomodoro assistant. This Pomodoro tracker is quite amazing for chrome-heavy taskers. Though I have some complaints about the analytics that we get. But still, the tracker is free and does its job.
You can also use an application if you are using the desktop to do your tasks. The Pomodoro timer is a simple web application that can give desktop notifications as well
Pomodoro technique in daily life.
I have been personally using the Pomodoro technique for the past year. 1 year back when I was researching various ways to increase focus, I came across multiple techniques and methods. But the one method which struck me the most was the Pomodoro technique.
I have installed the Pomodoro chrome extension and even while writing this article I am using the extension to track my Pomodoros. This helps my mind to focus on the things at hand. Since I know that this task needs to be done only for 25 min, my mind remains focused for that time.
I use Pomodoros for writing articles, studying, editing videos, etc. The process not only helps me in managing time but also in beating procrastination.
I am a personal fan of the Pomodoro technique and use it on a daily basis. I use the chrome extension and track my studies and tasks regularly. The technique has seriously helped me tackle procrastination.
I use the technique to do daily tasks, like writing an article, reading a book. Some of these tasks are something that is really repulsive to me so I just do it for one Pomodoro. And that’s it, this helps me in doing the tasks daily. And we all know, “Long term consistency trumps short term intensity.”
That’s my two cents on the Pomodoro method and technique. I hope the content was helpful and informative.