The Pomodoro Technique

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The Pomodoro Technique is a simple but effective technique for time management that uses short timeboxes and frequent breaks. It is an especially useful way to get through drudgery, reduce procrastination, and increase focus.

Here's how it works:

  1. Decide on a task
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes
  3. Work on the task until the time goes off
  4. Take a break for 5 minutes
  5. Go back to step one

After four cycles (about two hours), take a longer break of about 15 to 30 minutes.

graph TD Decide["Decide on a
Task"] --> Work["Work the task
for 25 Minutes"] --> Count{"Has it been
4 iterations?"} --> |No| Break5["Take a 5 minute
break"] Count --> |Yes| Break15["Take a 15
minute break"] Break5 --> Decide Break15 --> Decide

Tips for Effective Pomodoros

  • Avoid distractions: Silence your phone, close your door, and so on
  • Keep a notepad to record other tasks that come to mind
  • Adjust the times to suit your needs and tasks
  • If you're "in the zone" when it's break time, keep going!
  • Move your body during breaks: Do a quick stretch, go for a walk, etc.

Animated Video: The Pomodoro Technique - A Study and Productivity Technique

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