Extreme Focus with the Pomodoro

I have come to respect the Tomato. For the last few weeks I have been following the Pomodoro technique for getting work done.

The Pomodoro Technique® is a way to get the most out of time management. Turn time into a valuable ally to accomplish what we want to do and chart continuous improvement in the way we do it.

Francesco Cirillo created the Pomodoro Technique® in the 1980s. It is now practiced by professional teams and individuals around the world.

The basic unit of work in the Pomodoro Technique® can be split in five simple steps:

1. Choose a task to be accomplished

2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)

3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper

4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)

5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break

Source - http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/

I normally do 3–4 Pomodoros in the afternoon post lunch. I have a Pomodoro timer on my iMac, iPad as well as the iPhone as I tend to work off different devices depending on my mood. This technique is helping me in the following ways:

  • Focus

  • Training my brain to stay away from distractions

  • The 5 minute break keeps my mind fresh

  • Keeps me from procrastinating

  • Quantify what I have done

You can use the Pomodoro technique to tackle your daily task list:

  • Checking & replying to emails - set aside 2–3 Pomodoros.

  • Research

  • Writing a blog

  • Catching up on social networks

  • Reading

  • Ideating/ Strategizing - I would use 2 or 3 Pomodoros back to back.

  • Going through RSS feeds

With so much going on in our lives (especially if you are running your own biz), it really helps to get some hours of extreme focus so you can get work done and move on.

Do you’ll use the Pomodoro technique? Has it worked for you? Would love to hear your thoughts.