Living | Is the Pomodoro Technique for you?

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For those struggling to stay focused and deal with time management, the Pomodoro Technique is the favoured method. But is it for you?

Faced with a daily heavy workload, it can seem impossible to take a lunch break and leave on time.

Taking a break every 30 minutes may sound like absolute madness and distracting but that is what many people do to ensure they get all of their work done. Sounds crazy? No, this is all part of the famed Pomodoro Technique.

The technique is a simple time management philosophy that aims to provide the user with maximum focus and creative freshness, thereby allowing them to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue.

For every task throughout the day, you allocate your time into short increments and take breaks periodically. You simply work for 25 minutes, then take a break for five minutes.

Every 25-minute work is called a “pomodoro.” After four “pomodoros” have passed, (100 minutes of work time with 15 minutes of break time), you then take a 15 to 20 minute break.

The main premise behind this process is that frequent breaks keep your mind fresh and focused. The gurus behind the technique say that you will notice a difference in your work or study within one to two days. However, true mastery of this technique takes from seven to 20 days of consistent use.

Having a strict time allocation also makes you work through individual tasks faster. It is also believed that if you have to spread your task across two to three “pomodoros,” this will make you frustrated and also make you complete it faster.

The constant timing of your activities minimises the time you spend procrastinating, reduces the temptation to jump online or scanning your social media and makes you more accountable for your tasks.

The process is not ideal for everyone, and obviously depends on your role. But it is worth a try if you are struggling to get motivated after the Christmas break.