The internet serves a great purpose, but with greatness, comes a responsibility. Though the internet is a huge reason for many people’s success- financially, or educationally, some might consider too much of one thing to be their downfall. It is not a secret that the internet can be quite addicting to not only the average adult but also to children alike. It can disrupt focus and keep you from productivity. One must be responsible enough to use the internet in ways that these factors do not affect you. One way to use the internet efficiently is to follow techniques or methods such as the pomodoro technique. In this article, we will be discussing what it is and how you can implement it in your routine.
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro technique is a time management method that many people swear by. It is said to be a very effective method in which one person is asked to alternate pomodoros- meaning to take frequent short breaks in between a task to promote sustained concentration as well as to help from mental fatigue. This technique is useful to people who have a short attention span, as well as a workaholic who works past the point of normal productivity, someone who needs to concentrate for a long period of time; e.g. a student studying for an exam, and a goal-oriented and productive person.
This technique has been going on for years. Some might say people have done this before it was invented, but during the 1980s, a university student named Francesco Cirillo developed this technique to focus on his studies by committing to a 10-minute challenge where he gave himself 10 minutes of complete focus study time. This method was named the Pomodoro technique due to Francisco finding a tomato-shaped timer in his kitchen. Thus, the Pomodoro technique.
The Process of the Pomodoro Technique
The process is very simple, and it is done in 6 simple and easy steps. Here is a guide that you can follow:
- Create a to-do list and look for a timer.
- Set your timer for 25 minutes and commit to those 25 mins to focus on a single task.
- When the timer ends, mark off one ‘Pomodoro’ or task from your list to record what you have completed.
- Give yourself a 5-minute break as a reward.
- Repeat the process.
- After four ‘pomodoros’, give yourself a longer break of 15-30 minutes.
If this task works out for you, you may want a few tips and tricks to help you focus on your 25-minute commitment to focus. One tip that we may recommend is breaking down complex projects into more than four pomodoros. This is so that you can focus on finishing each part without feeling overwhelmed. Another tip is to combine smaller tasks that fit in the 25-minute mark. This is to save you not only time but also to maximize the minutes you commit yourself to focus. You may use this tip on instances when you have a task that may not need a lot of time to finish. Lastly, is to stop when the timer rings. This is not only a tip but an important rule in the Pomodoro method as time cannot be broken. When a task is unfinished during the 25-minute mark, continue on the next Pomodoro. There are many techniques and methods that people have created to promote focus, but we find that this technique works the best no matter the age.