“Tic-Toc Tic-Toc” – Time to Get Work Done

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Struggle to get things done? Productivity and effectiveness at an all-time low? Worry not, help is on the way.

Let me introduce you to one of the most simplistic yet incredibly effective methods for managing time: the Pomodoro Technique®.

This well-known time management system was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Cirillo had a kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato which he used for studying/working when he was a university student. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, usually 25 minutes, separated by short 5-min breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for ‘tomato’.

pomodoro

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Here’s how it works:

  1. Decide on the task to be done
  2. Set the pomodoro timer for 25 minutes
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings
  4. Take a short 5-min break
  5. Go to step 2 (until you complete four pomodoros)
  6. After four pomodoros (pomodoro cycle), take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
  7. Go to step 1

Pomodoro cycle

Challenge:

Set up 30 minutes in your schedule to try out a 25 min pomodoro followed by a short 5-min break and see how you like it.

If you want to learn more you can order The Pomodoro Technique® – The Life-Changing Time Management System from Amazon (paperback or kindle) – link provided below for your convenience.

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