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Pomodoro technique:
3 things I have learned

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In this blog post, I will focus on a very popular time management method: the Pomodoro technique. To be honest, I came across this technique a lot but never applied it to my work. Last month I decided to give the Pomodoro method a try and use it every working day. At first, I had to focus more on the technique itself and get rid of some habits. But soon I found that my motivation had increased and the breaks in between helped my productivity. 

What is the Pomodoro technique and how does it work? 

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It is a method to help you stay focused and mentally fresh while working on your tasks. Developed by Francesco Cirillo a then student, the biggest strength of this technique lies in its simplicity. One “pomodoro” (Italian for tomato) symbolizes 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break. After completing a cycle of 4 “pomodoro” you should schedule a longer 15 to 30-minute break. Simply put, take a 5-minute break every 25 minutes and a longer break every 2 hours. The harder part of every method is, of course, following through with your plans and staying consistent.

3 things I have learned to make your “pomodoro” count and increase your productivity.

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1. Plan your “pomodoro” beforehand

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As someone who uses a planner daily, scheduling each task the day before came naturally to me. The main difference was to plan tasks in "pomodoro" and schedule every 30 minutes of your day. For example, if a certain task takes more time to complete you plan the predicted amount of “pomodoro” for it. This gives you a clear overview of how much time is necessary to complete a certain task. Staying flexible at the start was key and since then I learned to plan tasks more accurately. The daily plan structure of Organicer came extremely handy because it is divided into 30-minute sections.

2. Take your breaks seriously

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When applying the method I struggled at first and couldn't reap the rewards of the breaks in between. The decision to get away from the computer and leave my phone during breaks made the difference. Of course, it's very difficult to be mindful in those moments and let thoughts and ideas flow. Here my planner came into play once more and I would write down everything going through my head.

3. Stick to your time frame

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As mentioned before, breaks are a critical part of making the Pomodoro technique work to your benefit. It is strongly recommended to set a timer that informs you it’s time to take a break. We must not forget this is also where the name of the Pomodoro technique comes from. The father of this method Francesco Cirillo used a kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato. Setting reminders was easy with the Organicer app, allowing you to do so for every “pomodoro” planned. The harder part was definitely following through with the breaks and sticking to the scheduled time frames.

The experience was certainly a lot of fun and changed my way of planning for the future. Now I have a better understanding of why the Pomodoro technique enjoys such popularity and is so widely used. Please let us know your thoughts, experiences, or any questions that come to mind in the comments. I would love to hear them. Saša

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