Tuesday’s Tutorial – Pomodoro Technique
I love making tutorials for people to learn. This tutorial is about the Pomodoro method – an easy time management technique that can really boost your productivity – especially when you are working at home and have your own schedule.
Essentially, you break up your day into 25-minute productive chunks, called “Pomodoros,” with either a 5 to 10 minute break in break in between each one. Aubrey and I have turned Pomodoros into a science, and we squeeze out every single productive minute that we can out of them! Here’s what we do:
- Start by making a plan for your day in 25 minute Pomodoro blocks.
- Sometimes (like you will see in my videos below), a task may take a lot more than one Pomodoro to do (sometimes mine take a LOT of Pomodoros), so estimate how long it may take you.
- For tasks that are less than 25 minutes (like answering emails, or Twittering…), group them all into one Pomodoro.
- After you plan your day, get rid of ALL distractions!
- Use a web blocker to Strict Workflow, Stayfocusd and others to keep you off the web for that period.
- Move your cell phone to a different room.
- Get that glass of water, use the restroom, let out the cat, etc etc….
- Set your timer for 25 minutes and WORK.
- Some people like the ticking with a timer – there’s actually a science to metronome training (you may hear the clock ticking in the background of my video)
- You may prefer to hear music, or when it’s loud and hard to concentrate, I listen to white noise. There’s lots of things you can find on Spotify and YouTube for this.
- Find a study buddy – We call these “sprints,” where we work for a designated block of time. I work with some classmates and Aubrey to do a sprint. Incidentally, if you need a study buddy, and can’t find one? It’s why I made the second video!!!! You can study/work with me!
- At the end of your work period, when the time dings, quickly reflect on what you’ve done. Think about the next Pomodoro, then… TAKE A BREAK!
- Break for about 5-10 minutes. Get a drink of water, restroom, or get up and stretch. Take a brain break! It’s good for you!
- Start another Pomodoro!!!
- Need more info? Go to the official Pomodoro page. I have some helpful apps listed below, after the video.
Helpful Apps and things:
Alinof TimerPro – is the timer you see in my video. I really like this timer!
Pomodoro Time – This app has a task list where you can mark off your Pomodoros. After it counts down a Pomodoro, it’ll even time your breaks for you.
Strict Workflow – Is a viewer browser plug-in that blocks off your websites for 25 minutes. Very nifty!