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Procrastination No Mo'

Fun fact: Pomodoro means tomato in Italian. So.. what do tomatoes have to do with eradicating procrastination? That's alright, I was confused too - and good news! I have answers.

Pomodoro is one of the most effective time management technique developed by Francesco Cirillo. This method uses a timer to break down tasks into intervals.

*The technique gets its name from the tomato-shaped kitchen timer Cirillo used as a student.

(Note from editor: omg we used to have one at home when I was a wee child!!!)

Ever found yourself putting (important) things off to the last minute and eventually freaking the heck out? Your task seems overwhelming, the process seems tedious, and your comfy bed seems to be calling your name. Procrastination: it plagues us all. And the first step in breaking free from this plague is the toughest to take.

That’s where the Pomodoro Technique comes in handy! When faced with large tasks, break your work down into short bursts called, pomodoros while taking frequent breaks. This trains your brain to focus and refresh after each interval. With time, it can help to improve your attention span and concentration. The idea behind the technique is that the timer instills a sense of urgency.

Teach me the art of pomodoro, o' wise one.

It’s crazy how simple it actually is! 6 simple steps. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Decide on the task to be done. Break it down to bite-sized tasks if necessary.

  2. Set the timer to 25 minutes. This is the length of one pomodoro.

  3. Work on the task until the timer rings.

  4. After the timer rings, take your 5 minutes break. Do NOT over use the 5-minute break!

  5. Go back to Step 1.

  6. After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes). It’s a good idea to get away from your desk during this break.

Keep in mind that the length of the pomodoro depends on the individual and the type of the task. Some people prefer 15-minute sessions and some prefer 50-minute sessions with a 10-minute break. Do what works for you!

Pomodoro Distraction

To be honest, it is totally natural if you get distracted especially when you first start this technique. Here’s when your willpower and self-discipline should kick in!

But here's a practical tip too: If a distraction pops into your head, write it down so you don’t forget it and then immediately get back to your task.

To deal with distractions and effectively manage your priorities, Cirillo suggests the “inform, negotiate and call back” strategy:

  • Inform the other (distracting) party that you’re working on something right now.

  • Negotiate a time when you can get back to them about the distracting issue.

  • Schedule that follow-up.

  • Call back the other party when your Pomodoro is complete and you’re ready to tackle their issue.

This popular time management technique has worked for many people all over the world. And I hope it does wonders for you too! So, what are you waiting for? Go try it out yourself!



..... hey, come on; procrastinating again?!

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