What do tomatoes in Italy have to do with business productivity? Well, the word pomodoro means tomato in Italian and the Pomodoro Technique is a simple, straightforward way of alleviating one of the main headaches that most business owners I speak to suffer from – lack of time.
When you’re working for yourself, time is one of your biggest assets and it is unlike money in that you can’t grow it, stretch it, or make more. Once it’s spent you can’t get it back. As my mentor once said, the millionaire and the beggar have the same number of hours in a day. It’s how we choose to use the hours we have that makes the difference to how successful we become in our lives.
|If you want to be successful in business it’s very important that you learn different strategies to help you get the most out of your day and over the years I’ve found the Pomodoro technique extremely helpful.|
What is the Pomodoro technique?
The Pomodoro technique was first created by Francesco Cirillo and since then it has been used by thousands of people all over the world to increase their productivity and work more effectively. It got its name from the tomato shaped timer that inspired it and that you may even have sitting in your kitchen.
The idea behind this technique is that you work in short bursts on tasks throughout the day, and take small breaks at regular intervals. These intervals should consist of 25 minutes focusing, with 5 minutes off. Every 4 or 5 pomodoros you take an extended break.
During your working time you limit distractions, close down your email, put your phone on silent and concentrate exclusively on the task at hand. You can use this technique for just about anything that requires focus from strategising and planning, preparing documentation and balancing the books to writing blog posts. I am actually using the Pomodoro technique right now to write this article.
During your five-minute breaks make sure you step away from your computer and put some distance between you and whatever it is you’re doing. You can do a few exercises in your office or go for a walk to help get the blood flowing. What’s important is that during these five minutes you don’t do anything that taxes your brain or requires intense focus.
Although it might be difficult to do, especially if you’re busy, taking regular breaks will actually help you get more done in a day. The five-minute breaks that are built in to the Pomodoro technique refresh your mind and help you focus for the next 25 minute burst.
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Disclaimer: This article contains general information. Before you make any financial or investment decision you should seek professional advice to take into account your individual objectives, financial situation and individual needs.