November 28, 2020

How to Increase Productivity using Pomodoro Technique

Think about how many times you get distracted during 2 hours of the time.

 Because we are living in a world that has a lot of distractions with technology and it causes us lack of focus.

Distraction is always a waste of time. Those who always get distracted cannot realize their true potential.

To protect yourself from distraction and to increase your productivity 10X higher, I am going to share with you a very interesting and simple technique which is called the Pomodoro Technique.

History of the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro technique was invented by an Italian author Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Pomodoro is an Italian word for ‘tomato’. He named the Pomodoro method after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that he used actually to track his work as a University student. Since then this technique gains much popularity in various productivity and self-improvement circles.

What is the Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro technique is a time management method that helps you to take the right number of breaks while still getting your work done. Using this method, you can break your workday into a 25-minute time block that is separated by 5-minute breaks. 

These intervals are referred to as Pomodoro. After about four Pomodoro, you take a longer break of about 20 to 30 minutes.

The idea behind this technique is – the timer produces a sense of urgency rather than feeling like you have endless time during the day to get things done. Now you know that you only have 25 minutes to make as much progress on a task as possible.

Who can use it?

Anyone can use it. Whether you are a student, boss, employee, or housewife, you can use this technique.

The Device You will have Required to Use this Technique

The only thing you need is a timer. You can get an old fashioned timer or you can use your computer or mobile app. I am using an android Pomodoro app which is very simple and easy to use, and most importantly it’s completely free and there is no ad. If you want to check out this app then you can click on this link, it will redirect you to Google Play Store. You can download and install the Pomodoro app. 

How to Use the Pomodoro Technique? 

To apply the technique in your work or study, follow these below steps:

Step -1:  Choose a task or a series of tasks that you need to accomplish.

Step -2:  Set the timer for 25 minutes.

Step -3:  Work on the task until the timer rings, and (Avoid constantly checking the time remaining on the timer).

Step -4:  Once the timer rings, you take a 5 minutes break. 

Get up from the study area or work area. Do not take the break at the same spot that you are working. I like getting up, walking, starching my body, or moving around. I also like to do some deep breathing exercises during this break. I drink some water. This is also the time for using the bathroom.

By doing those above-mentioned activities during the break period help me to get energized and also prepare me to get ready for the next Pomodoro.

Step -5:  After 5 minutes break, repeat the process. 

(Take a new task or another series of the previous task. Set the time for 25 minutes. Work on that until the timer goes off).

25 minutes’ work + 5 minutes break is called one Pomodoro.

After completing 4 Pomodoro cycles take a longer break of 20 to 30 minutes. 

Avoid Distraction

During this Pomodoro cycle, do your best to limit distraction. The whole point is 25 minutes of complete focus. Don’t be checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other app at that time. Switch off all notifications or turn off your internet.

During the session, I will suggest you keep a paper and pen with you. So that if you are having any kind of distracting thoughts in your mind, at that time you can just write it down on the paper. 

After completing one entire Pomodoro (which is included with 4 Pomodoro cycle), now you can check your paper or journal whether those thoughts were important or not. You will find out that most of those thoughts were unnecessary and only just disturbing you. I am suggesting you do that because; by writing them on a paper you will become more aware of your thoughts.

Why you should use the Pomodoro Technique?

  1. It’s easy and free. You don’t need to learn any difficult time management techniques neither buy any expensive Gadgets.
  2. One Pomodoro is only for 25 minutes. The time is so less that it is hard to feel bored or get distracted.
  3. It is very manageable and discipline. 
  4. It increases focus and productivity.
  5. It helps you to build a healthy work habit.
  6. Because of the break, you get energy and with full energy, you can complete your task easily and effectively. 
  7. It gives maximum output using less time.
 
Final Thought

I hope now you have got to know how to increase productivity 10X higher. I also hope you enjoy this technique and implemented it so that you can get a higher level of productivity and just rewire your brain to increase focus.

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