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The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo. He wanted to improve productivity and record how long it realistically took to complete regular tasks when given maximum attention. He says, “I discovered that you could learn how to improve your effectiveness and be better able to estimate how long a task will take to complete by recording how you utilize your time” (Cirillo). It is quick, simple, and easy to learn. This technique helps one focus all of one’s attention on the task at hand. It is ideal for many types of work, especially repetitive assignments.

Here are the six steps to completing the Pomodoro Technique:

  1. Pick a project or task
  1. Set a timer for 25 - 30 minutes and work
  1. Take a short 2 to 3 min break
  1. Work for another 25 - 30 minutes
  1. Repeat 4 times
  1. Take a longer break after the 4th cycle

Short bursts of work help you focus on the task at hand. Sometimes when you have a large task it is easy to procrastinate because of the anticipation that it will take a long time to finish. Short periods of work let the mind rest so that you can be alert and focused rather than getting distracted or tired and less productive. The pomodoro technique helps people get larger tasks done faster in general because they can divide it up into smaller segments of achievement.

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