Are you familiar with the Pomodoro Technique? If you’re looking for a way to be more productive, this may be just the thing you’re looking for. I literally just found out about it and I’m excited at the possibilities.
Apparently the system, developed by Francesco Cirillo, has been around for quite some time. I’m really surprised that I have never heard of it before. Essentially you work on tasks in small bursts of times, called pomodoros (Italian for tomato), with short breaks factored in. A pomodoro is typically 25 minutes long. Short breaks are usually 5 minutes and longer breaks are generally 30 minutes.
The technique involves working one pomodoro, then taking a five minute break. Continue until you’ve completed four pomodoros (with a five minute break between), then take a longer break. That’s the simple explanation. The technique involves some additional planning and steps. You can get a general overview of the technique from the official website or you can buy the book (it costs about 80 bucks used on Amazon though!).
You can also do a Google Search for more information. I found this article at Lifehacker very useful in breaking the technique down (so I assume the author actually read the book). Even without knowing all the ins and outs (because I’m too cheap to buy an $80 book and it’s not at my local library), I feel this could be good time management technique. So I’m willing to give it a try. I’ll provide an update later.
Myra Faye Turner, Writer