I recently wrote about a new time management technique I discovered called the Pomodoro Technique. Essentially, it's a method of timed, focused task completion where you work in 25-minute increments, with a short (usually 5 minute) break between sessions. After four sessions, you take a longer break, generally 30 minutes. I decided to give it go to see if this would work for me because frankly, at times I get distracted or I have so many things I want to accomplish I keep switching from task to task. Read on to find out my thoughts.
As I said, I was up for the task (no pun intended) of finding out if this technique would work for me. Surprisingly, I am pleased to say that during my 25 minute sessions, I was more focused and driven. Let me back up though. The first day was rough. I wanted to check the time and/or not stay on task. The second day was better but I was still distracted a bit but by the third day, I completely forgot I was being timed and I stayed on task during each of my sessions. I started on February 27, so it's only been a few days but still, I definitely see the potential in using this task as a way to stay focused.
I realized just how much time I waste on a daily basis...checking email, social media, etc. This technique worked well for me because I didn't spend a lot of time on this unproductive activities. In fact, I've gotten my email sessions down to two a day and I spend about the same amount of time on social media. And I've gotten a lot of work done quicker. For instance, I had finished three articles long before their due date because I was more focused. Not that I ever turn an assignment in late, but I finished all three assignments several days before their due date. This gave me time to do other things while I wait for more assignments to flow in.
I plan to continue to use the method on a regular basis. But stay tuned, I've just today learned about a similar method that uses 52 minute timed sessions so I'm going to check it out.
Myra Faye Turner, Writer