Anyone Need a Pomodoro?

Working with busy professional women I find many are challenged with staying focused or managing their time. I know I sure am. I’ve spent most of my life making a to-do list for the day and then find myself frantically crossing off things as if my life depends on it.

Recently I was introduced to the Pomodoro Technique, and it’s transformed my life, so I want to share it with you.

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. It uses a timer to break your work into intervals of 25 minutes and separates them with short breaks.

The first step is to plan for your week with a list of your 5 most important tasks followed by a list of secondary tasks and finally a list of any additional tasks you would love to have off your plate.

Then for the first day write down 3 tasks you’d like to complete that day with the most important first and give each one the number of pomodoro’s you’ll  need to complete it. Remember each pomodoro is only 25 minutes, and you don’t go onto the second task on your list until the first is completed.

Next set your environment to be conducive to working on your first task. Whether you like music playing or need quiet. Keep water beside you and set your timer for 25 minutes. Make sure your phone is on Do Not Disturb, Facebook is closed out and any other distractions are put away.

When you’re ready, start your timer and begin your first task. If something does interrupt you, reset your timer and start over, so you’ll complete a full Pomodoro before your take a short break.

When your timer goes off, take a break for at least 5 minutes, get a snack, use the bathroom, step outside, stretch or, simply close your eyes and meditate, but always get up from your work area and don’t check email or go on social media. Your break is meant to re-energize you and prepare you for your next pomodoro.

Continue this process for each task on your list and evaluate how it went at the end of the day and prepare your list for the following day.

I’ve found this technique allows me to go through my day feeling accomplished but not wiped out and I have more enjoyment for what I’m working on instead of dread it.  There’s also a planner that follows this technique you can find at amazon. Enjoy!

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