Summer is approaching quickly. We all have deadlines in their calendars for papers, reports and other work. This is really great, and I really love reading and writing. But somehow I seldom get time to really dig into things nowadays. However, this week I tried a very simple technique that I strongly recommend:
The Pomodoro Technique
For some of you this is nothing new, but for others this might help you as much as it has helped me. I have understood that this is a very popular time management technique.
The main idea behind the technique is to work with full attention on one thing only for a period of time (I have chosen 18 min). It’s a kind of very short sprint. After this I get a break and do other things such as fetching coffee or sending an sms to my kids, for around 3-5 min. Then I start another session with full concentration using a simple alarm clock on my iPhone. A Pomodoro is a tomato shaped alarm clock.
This is how Pomodoro is done:
- Choose a task that you want to work on
- Set the alarm clock to 18-25 min
- Work on your task until the alarm clock rings
- Take a short break
Results from using this technique:
- My productivity has really improved.
- I feel more satisfied with my work.
- My stress level has gone down enormously.
- I work with one thing at the time despite the list with 20 other things I should do.
Thank you, Marta, and Christiane for mentioning Pomodoro to me!
Btw: writing this was one Pomodoro…. 🙂