Do you want to improve productivity and fight procrastination? The Pomodoro technique is simple to use. It also has a large following that swears by its effectiveness. You might be interested in trying this if you:

  • Feel like you aren’t getting much done
  • Your motivation is come-and-go, perhaps more go than come
  • You have goals and want a way to motivate yourself

You can try the Pomodoro Technique to help you push through your days more productively. Pomodoro is an Italian word that refers to tomatoes (and tomato sauces).

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Great things about this technique are:

  • It’s easy and has very few steps
  • Getting started only requires a timer
  • The results are immediate
  • It can be used with other techniques for greater effectiveness
What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique puts a time limit on tasks. To use this method, set a timer, work on a task, take a short break, and re-start the cycle.

Here are the steps:
  1. Just select your task
  2. Then, set a timer for 25 minutes
  3. Eliminate distractions and work only on the task at hand
  4. Finally, take a 5 minute break (increase length of breaks after 4 sessions).
Why the Pomodoro Technique is Effective:
  • Short breaks help to increase productivity
  • The technique eliminates distractions
  • Users see immediate results
Who uses the technique?

Pomodoro is also one of the most popular ways to improve productivity. The technique has a large following of users. More than 2,000,000 people have read the official book. The book is predictably titled “the Pomodoro Technique” by Francesco Cirillo. Lifehacker users rated Pomodoro as the number one productivity method. There is also an official website. The website has insights into the technique, as well as tips such as things you can do on your short breaks. The site also contains advice on managing time, eliminating distractions, and avoiding burnout.

What do I need in order to use the Pomodoro Technique?

The great part is, you don’t need anything other than a timer and a vision to use this method. If you want to go the extra mile, there are other resources that compliment Pomodoro. You can easily download a complimentary app from the app store for more support. Also, try reading the official book, visiting the website, or if you want a dash of whimsy you can purchase a tomato timer. Another great aspect of this technique, is that you can use it alongside other methods, such as the Getting Things Done method (GTD).

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