The Pomodoro Technique - Why It Works & How To Do It - Productivity Worksheet and Timer with Music in 2021

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Last updated: Feb 28, 2021

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Problem Statement

  • You know you are wasting time, and feel disappointed, because you have lost your day by scrolling social media feeds, emails, YouTube.
  • You have no idea where the time has gone and you have nothing to showcase your work.
  • You are a procrastinator.
  • You did a lot of work and felt accomplished but you didn’t complete exactly what is required from that day.
  • You are working but not able to give 100%.

To solve the problems mentioned above, The Pomodoro technique was born and used by Successful People like Steven Sande, Natalie Sisson, Hayden Miyamoto, Tim Ferriss and many more.

The Pomodoro Technique

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Basic Explanation

The Pomodoro Technique is a framework which is designed to provide time management recipes and hence improving your focus and productivity.

Process

Firstly, Find and list down tasks to be done. Then follow the steps given below.

  • Choose a task from list.
  • Focus for next 25 mins. Work closely with little or zero distractions and no pause. Pomodoro teaches to manage distractions. List down if any distractions identified in this step.
  • Take a 5 min break. Once 25 minutes ended, relax, clear your mind and come back after 5 mins.
  • Repeat it for 4 times.
  • Total time spent is 2 hours. 1 hours 40 mins for work and 20 mins break. Note progress that you have made.
  • After 4th iteration, take a long break of 15 - 25 mins and come back to restart from point 1.
  • Long break can be used for lunch in between.

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25-minute blocks are called Pomodoro sessions and it’s the core of this Technique. Work is divided / breakdown into smaller sprints. Due to shorter sprints cycle, any tasks (small or big) becomes much more manageable and the brain is getting trained to focus and eventually it helps to make progress.

Generally, an 8-hour workday technically leaves room for sixteen Pomodoro sessions, but do keep some Pomodoro sessions in the buffer as a factor of safety. In case a task required more than available Pomodoro sessions, then tasks need a further breakdown. Tasks which takes less than one Pomodoro sessions can be combined with other tasks.

Pomodoro sessions are strictly delegated for work, learning, reading, improving skills. If a task is completed and have few minutes in hand during a session, utilise it carefully.

Result

With all the time available in a day, With the Pomodoro technique, you have a clear measurement of your time and efforts. It leads to reflect and plan your days more accurately and efficiently.

With time, a more accurate assessment of Pomodoro sessions will be developed and hence building consistent work habits.

Pomodoro Timer App for Pomodoro Timer

https://pomofocus.io/. This tool helps you to focus and manager your tasks.

Pomodoro Technique Playlist

A playlist to utilise the Pomodoro technique. 4 cycles of 25 minutes of focus LoFi music followed by 5 minutes of vocal tracks for a break. Make sure shuffle is turned off. At the end of the playlist, take a 30-minute break.

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Ending Note

Pomodoro Technique breaks down tasks into smaller chunks and helps to do more with less. It simplifies your life and unclutters your mind. The technique will become a part of your routine if followed religiously. Since it’s free you can tweak it as per your schedule.

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