Productivity Tips — Pomodoro Technique
The pomodoro technique.
If we could just be a little more productive we could get that job we want or write that book that we’ve always dreamed off. Productivity is often about how much we can produce. The more the better. Our problem is, we like the thought of being productive over actually being productive. And that’s not because we are lazy, it’s because we don’t have good systems. James Clear is a master of this and it’s where I first learnt the concept of systems. A system is all your routines and habits. It’s your ecosytem of productivity. If ‘product’ is the output you so desire, your system needs to like a well oiled machine.
We are plagued with to-do lists as long as our arms and not enough time in our days. We get to the end of the week, exhausted but feeling empty, as if we could have achieved more. I know, it happens to me often.
We are aspirational with what we can do in a day and judgemental of what we achieve in a week. The first thing to say is that success is built on years of trying. Day in, day out, consistency. If we can build the right systems that contain the right habits, we will be successful, for there is no other outcome. And part of creating a system that spits out success is tweaking it to do so. Like a well oiled machine, we find tools and techniques that help the machine run a little bit, be a little bit more efficient.
This is one of those techniques!
What we will cover:
The birth of the Pomodoro Technique
How it works
What are the benefits
Pomodoro (pom-o-door-o) Technique
Weirdly, pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato. The chap who invented the technique is an Italian economist and named it after the tomato timer he had. Francesco Cirillo invented the technique in the late 1980s. Cirillo is quite the entrepreneur as well, so it turns out. His website with the tagline ‘work harder, not smarter’ mentions the word pomodoro 61 times on the homepage. He’s obviously quite taken with his invention and a mastermind in SEO.
Anyway the technique essentially is all about time management. The theory is that we have so much to do in our days that it can feel overwhelming. We’re fast approaching the place that we need a coffee to even tackle writing the ‘to-do’ list. Cirillo argues that by chunking work into manageable pieces and assigning time to them, we are likely to be more productive.
Understand the task to work on
Set timer for 25 minutes and work through
Break for 5 minutes
Repeat 4 times
On the 4th pomodoro have a 20 minute break
Be breaking things into shorter chunks, we feel less overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work we need to get through.
Increased focus — one task for 25 minutes.
Increased motivation — tick on task off and onto the next.
Reduces exhaustion — 20 minute break after 4th pomodoro.
Increased productivity — accountability for the times in your day and where you spent your time.
We are all striving to be more productive. Hopefully the pomodoro technique might help is someway tweak your system.