Universal Rule Number ONE: Getting stuff done is hard. We can all agree on that. Admittedly, The concept of time freaks me out. Let along the idea of managing it. Great world leaders keep telling us stories about how managing time helped them with productivity and made them what they are now. But honestly, HOW?
After deciding to take matters in hand and take the most advantage of the infinite number of time management techniques available out there. I stumbled upon a technique that I find, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, very efficient.
Enter: the Pomodoro Technique.
In The Pomodoro Technique, Francesco Cirillo put forward a method to divide your workday into small tasks for a fixed and uninterrupted time. His technique has been proven very efficient to get rid of the « Oh, I don’t feel like I’m being productive enough» syndrome.
How does it work?
Good question, imagine reading an article about a method that will solve the biggest problem one can face at work and not giving enough pieces of information to actually apply it! The devil works hard but we work harder! Moving on… The Pomodoro technique is as simple as it is
-First, you choose a single task. Preferably one that deserves your 100 percent full attention.
-You set the pomodoro timer for 25 minutes. You engage in spending those 25 minutes working on that task. When you think of something that is likely to stop you, write it down on a piece of paper and proceed to work. Unless the office is on fire or Tool released a new album. Then you are excused.
Once the 25 minutes are over, take a 5-minute break to relax. Stretch, drink a glass of water (or wine), meditate, do anything that is unrelated to work. The sound the timer makes helps your mind to make the transition from a targeted work state to relaxation and vice versa.
-After finishing 4 « pomodoris », Take a longer break, 20 to 30 minutes. This
will allow your brain to fully rest and avoid mental fatigue.
How to get started with the Pomodoro Technique
Well, to start « pomodoring » you only need a … Timer! And because we love you and want to save the time of googling « timer plugin » here are our suggestions:
You can keep this app open in a pinned tab. You select your timer alerts, so you know when to take a break. It’s very flexible, and you don’t have to install anything.
A Pomodoro-style timer you can tailor to fit your productivity needs. You can set time segments that fit your workflow, reduce distractions and share your productivity timer with teammates to complete tasks more efficiently.
Pomello includes a Pomodoro timer which integrates with Trello tasks. … as well as a TimeCamp Timer Chrome extension that integrates with Trello.
If you are more of a « right-brainer », and words doesn’t really make the cut for you, here a simple 5 minutes video that explains all of the above. Don’t thank us. Start working. 😀