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How to be more productive using the Pomodoro Technique!

The technique has been effectively used by plenty of people who swear by its benefits of being more productive.

A lady working on her tasks trying to finish it on time.

As humans, we are designed to procrastinate. We like to put things off for much later, preferably a few days before a deadline. Or we randomly scroll social media when we know we have plenty of things to do.

We all want to be productive, using the Pomodoro Technique - all you need to do is start by doing something for just 25 minutes.

You break your work down into 25-minute chunks separated by a 5-minute break. These intervals are referred to as Pomodoro. So every 30 minutes - you work for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break. After about 3 or 4 rounds of doing so, you can take a longer break of about 15 to 30 minutes.

This method mainly works because the timer creates a sense of urgency. You feel like knocking off a few tasks before you take a break. Divide larger tasks into smaller tasks. When you have only 25 minutes to do a small task or a group of them, you are more determined to get them done.

A man trying to be productive multitasking in his office.

The best way to utilize this technique effectively and efficiently -

  • Break down complex tasks into simpler tasks.

  • Fit these tasks into each Pomodoro.

  • Combine smaller tasks to fit in a single Pomodoro.

Let's consider an example, where you plan on writing a novel. Writing a novel seems really long and complex. You tend to procrastinate because the task seems huge. Instead, try writing something for 5 minutes. If it still seems difficult, try writing a sentence or a paragraph.

When you sit down to work for just 5 minutes or to knock off one task off your list, you get into the zone and end up getting more things done.

This method is effective for many except for those individuals that prefer getting into a flow state. Flow state describes a period of time in which you're fully engaged and immersed in a task - you're highly focused and productive. A 5-minute break ends up being a distraction and breaks that flow state.

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