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The Pomodoro Technique

A time management technique to improve your focus and maximize your productivity.

Effective time management empowers leaders to strategically allocate resources, prioritize tasks, and maintain a proactive approach, fostering not only personal productivity but also enabling you to guide your team with clarity and purpose in the pursuit of organizational goals.

One way you can find better focus is through the Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. It’s designed to improve focus and maximize productivity by removing distractions and balancing work sessions with breaks.

Mastering the Pomodoro Technique for Time Management

My Pomodoro PowerPlay™ will help you get started. Here’s how it works.

Each 25-minute session equals 1 Pomodoro. For every Pomodoro, you’ll take a five-minute break. After four Pomodoros, you’ll take a 20- 30-minute break. Let’s get started.

  1. Remove all distractions. Use a whiteboard (or another visual cue) to let your team know when your next break is coming up.
  2. Using your list from “3-I Your Week,” write the activities you need to accomplish on the activity inventory list in order, starting with the greatest to least important.
  3. Set a timer for 25 minutes (one Pomodoro), and work on the first task until the timer rings.
  4. Take a break for five minutes.
  5. Keep on working, Pomodoro after Pomodoro, until the task at hand is finished. Then move on to a new task from your Activity Inventory sheet.
  6. If you get distracted, just make a tiny tally mark on the line or in the app—no judgment, you’re just observing. Aim for fewer and fewer with each Pomodoro.

Pomodoro Power Tips

  • It’s best to perform Pomodoros during your “peak” time of day– when you are sharpest.
  • If a task takes more than five to seven Pomodoros, break it down into smaller tasks.
  • If it takes less than one Pomodoro, combine it with another task
  • The technique shouldn’t be used for activities you do in your free time. Enjoy your free time!
  • Archive your task sheets to analyze your performance over time.

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