Pomodoro Technique

//Pomodoro Technique


How’s your focus? Most people I talk with complain of some level of perpetual distraction.


Imagine if you could consistently get into a productive zone at work and ignore distractions. If you are part of the 70% of workers who feel distracted at work (Udemy) this might feel like a distant fantasy. Unicorns and leprechauns might be more likely.  


The sheer volume of information we received every day doesn’t make things any easier.


“In 2011, Americans took in five times as much information every day as they did in 1986 – the equivalent of 174 newspapers. During our leisure time, not counting work, each of us processes 34 gigabytes or 100,000 words every day.” – Daniel J. Levitin


I was in the same boat until I came across the Pomodoro Technique. The what?


The Pomodoro Technique. Kinda sounds like a Spanish exercise or an alternative to the Heimlich.


In reality, it is a simple approach to managing your time. The concept is simple and works for projects/tasks that will take a good chunk of time to complete. Here are the steps:

  • Define the project & estimate completing time
  • Set your timer for 25 minutes
  • Take a break for 5 minutes (non-technology is best)
  • At end of 4th Pomodoro take a longer break


Seems too easy right? Try it and you might be surprised at how much discipline it requires to stay focused.


Personally, I use the Focus Keeper app (screenshots below) since it’s free and keeps track of the time blocks better than the standard iPhone timer.



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