Can't you keep your attention and you're still running away from finishing tasks? We know how to concentrate on a simple tool – Pomodoro Technique. It is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a Pomodoro, from the Italian word for 'tomato', after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.
There are 6 steps in the original technique:
- Decide what task you want to accomplish
- Set the timer to 25 minutes
- Work without checking your phone or email until the timer rings
- After full 25 minutes take a five-minute break
- After 4 Pomodoros, take a longer break about 30 minutes
- Reset the cycle
The stages of planning, tracking, recording, processing and visualizing are fundamental to the technique. In the planning phase, tasks are prioritized by recording them in a "To Do Today" list. This enables users to estimate the effort tasks require. As Pomodoros are completed, they are recorded, adding to a sense of accomplishment and providing raw data for subsequent self-observation and improvement.
Cirillo gives advice in case you are interrupted by a third party. If possible, try this: let your colleague or other third party know that you're working on something, and arrange a time to speak back. Don't forget it.