Manage your time with the Pomodoro method

by Anna-Carin Nordin

Do you want to increase your productivity and improve your concentration? The Pomodoro Method is a time management technique that is based on the idea of ​​dividing work into fixed time intervals, called "pomodoros."

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The Pomodoro Method is a time management technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. The method is called "Pomodoro" (Italian for tomato) because of the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used when he developed the technique. The process consists of the following steps:

1. Choose a task

Select the task you want to complete and set a clear goal for completing it.

2. Define the time intervals

Set a timer for 25 minutes, which is known as a "pomodoro." During this time, focus solely on the selected task and avoid any distractions.

3. Work on the task

Work hard on the task until the timer alarm goes off. If distractions or interruptions arise, quickly write them down and refocus on the task.

4. Take a short break

After each 25-minute pomodoro, take a short 5-minute break. Get up, stretch, walk, or do a relaxing activity to rest your mind.

5. Repeat and take longer breaks

After completing four consecutive pomodoros, take a longer break of 15-30 minutes. This helps recharge your energy and maintain focus throughout the day.

The Pomodoro Method is based on the premise that working in short, focused intervals can improve productivity and prevent mental fatigue. Additionally, it helps manage time more effectively by dividing tasks into more manageable segments. When using this method, it is important to respect pomodoros and breaks, avoiding the temptation to be distracted by other activities or interruptions.

You can use a task list to organize your pomodoros, define tasks and goals: