The Pomodoro Technique is about getting to know your way of working better, as well as training your self-control & self-discipline.
The Pomodoro technique works with time intervals, a sheet of paper (physical or online) and a timer.
A Pomodoro - or time interval - consists of 25 minutes of work. This phase is monitored with a stopwatch and should consist of intense work without distractions. Each pomodoro is followed by a 5-minute break. After four pomodri, you have completed one cycle and should take a longer break of up to 30 minutes.
However, before getting to work, you should take a Pomodoro at the beginning to write down all your tasks for the day and divide them into Pomodori. So if you have a larger project, break down each task into 25-minute increments.
Important to note:
If you don't finish a task in the allotted time, don't ignore the timer, but take a 5-minute break anyway and continue working on the task in the next pomodoro.
At the end, always note how many Pomodori you needed for a task as well as possible interruptions, in order to get to know your working day and your way of working better.
**This is why the Pomodoro technique doesn't work.
As with the 'Getting Things Done' method, you need to train the Pomodoro Technique before you can know your way of working and save time. Organizing the method and analyzing your work day is time consuming.
Depending on what type of worker you are, a stopwatch could cause discomfort and stress in your workday. If you do get distracted and the stopwatch rings before you finish your task, you may feel a sense of failure or guilt. Neither of these are good conditions for being productive at work.
Prerequisites for the method are:
- self-discipline - you need it to really not get distracted during the Pomodori.
- elaborate planning - because you need to be able to estimate exactly how much work you can do in 25 minutes.
- a good attitude towards working with timers.
Even if you don't let stopwatches stress you out, setting fixed time frames can lead to unproductive work. Either the ringing of the timer can pull you out of the workflow, or you may find yourself forcing yourself to work through the 25 minutes when you sometimes lack concentration. Let's face it, try as we might, isn't it unrealistic to never be disturbed by a colleague or a message during a Pomodori cycle?
This is what you can train with the method:
- to work in a focused way
- increase your ability to concentrate
- eliminate interruptions
- avoid multitasking
Conclusion on the Pomodoro technique: a waste of time