Pomodoro Method: 25 Minutes to Productivity

by evan on January 14, 2010

Always in search of new tools and tips that help me get more results in less time, I have always been willing to test different strategies if it helps me achieve more.  A client recently introduced me to The Pomodoro Technique for Time Management and my life has never been the same since.  It is amazing what can be accomplished with focused attention and can be applied to all areas of life.  The Pomodoro Technique for time management was created by Francesco Cirillo in 1992, here are the basic principles:

  • Before the start of your week, write down all activities that need to be accomplished during the next week on paper.
  • Create a daily to-do list based on the weekly activities.
  • Select the most important task from the to-do list.
  • Set a timer (IPhone timer works great) for 25 minutes and focus all energy on the selected item.
  • Take a 5 minute break before picking up where left off with another 25 minute work session. The break should be a mindless activity (stretching, watching TV, getting a drink…)
  • After task is complete, put a check mark next to action item.
  • After completing four 25 minute “pomodoros,” take a 30 minute break (Eating a meal, answering emails, walk around the block….)

I have been in the habit of planning my week before it starts, but the Pomodoro Method has enabled me to accomplish more by focusing on 1 task at a time.  There is also a strong psychological component in that it is easier to work diligently on a task, when we know a mandatory break is coming up soon.  How much do we accomplish on the day before vacation?  Implement the Pomodoro Method into your life and go accomplish some BIG THINGS in life.

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