In our modern world, there are so many things that can distract you. Social media notifications, email, instant messages, sudden phone calls, you name it. Not to mention the more important things that you need to get done. The stuff that compete for your attention all at once can seriously steal away much productivity.
Thankfully, there is a nifty little brain hack that can help you out. It’s called the Pomodoro technique.
The Pomodoro technique forces you to deliberately focus on one task.
It’s always tempting to accomplish everything on your to-do list as fast as you can. Normally, you would resort to multitasking to get everything done. However, this would only distract your brain constantly, making you even less productive.
But the Pomodoro technique forces you to work on just one task for a given block of time. During that phase, it would be quite easy to push aside other tasks in favour of focusing on one.
It also helps you to avoid burnout.
The technique also includes regular breaks in between time blocks, helping you to avoid stressing your body and mind out too much. Also, anticipating these breaks is a great motivation to help you finish your tasks faster.
The breaks also run on scheduled times so that you don’t overstep the bounds. We all know how tempting it is to extend a break for ‘just another minute’.
The technique is as easy as five steps.
Just follow the infographic below, and you’ll be on your way to surprisingly scaled-up productivity levels!
Every 25 minute time block is called a pomodoro. It’s also recommended that after four pomodoros, take a longer break of 15 minutes. That way, your mind will be well-rested for the next sprints of focused work.
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