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With sayings like "time is of the essence" or "I just don't have time," it often seems like the root of all of our problems is not having enough time in the day. The truth is most of us do have enough time, it's just not being used correctly. That's where the Pomodoro Technique comes in. If you have trouble organizing your days, and it seems like you're always finishing things "in the nick of time," the Pomodoro Technique will help you be more productive at work.
What Is The Pomodoro Technique?
Th Pomodoro Technique teaches you how to work with the time that you have, instead of fighting against it.
Before you get started I recommend that you actually sit down and actually craft out your day. This technique isn't going to work if you have no idea what you actually need to accomplish in your day. Instead of getting frustrated and freaking out about how much you have to get done, sit down, take a deep breath and get to planning. There are 24 hours in a day and the average person should get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep. That means that you have 18 to 16 hours left in your day. Before you start planning your morning routine and night routine, get started with your work routine. Work is pretty much the constant thing in your life where you know what time you need to come in and how long you have to stay. Map out how much time on average you spend at work. Then and only then should you get started with the Pomodoro Technique.
How Does The Pomodoro Technique Work?
First, you’re going to choose a task that needs to get done. It doesn’t matter what this task needs to be, but I recommend that you start with your most important task first. Then you’re going to set your time for 25 minutes. In these 25 minutes you’re going to work like you’ve never worked before. In this 25 minutes you will not take unnecessary bathroom breaks, refill your coffee cup, go talk to your co-workers, check your email, or take social media breaks. You’re going to work on the task at hand for 25 minutes.
When the timer ends, put a check mark on a Post-it note or separate sheet of paper. Now, take a five minute break. This break should be non-work related, just do something that takes your mind off of work. Whether that’s going for a quick walk, meditating, or stretching this is your you time. After every four pomodoros (breaks that you take), you can take a longer break. The recommended time is a 20-minute break, but you can take up to 30 minutes. This gives your brain time to rest and get geared up for the next round of pomodoros.
How This Will Help You At Work
Most of us like to get started with a task and crank away at it for hours at a time, but according the Pomodoro Technique, that process is not good for our bodies and also gives us a false sense of accomplishment. Think about the way that you work. Are you really hunkering down for four hours at a time getting work done? Most likely you're not. You're probably taking a ton of breaks, scrolling Facebook to keep up with what your followers are doing, or getting distracted by the internet. There's nothing worse than getting trapped by an endless loophole of dog videos. Although you shouldn't feel ashamed, because that shame will just lead you down another hole of not getting work done, using Pomodoros will actually help you become more efficient at work.
You'll find that you're not taking as many breaks, you start to become more efficient with your time, and you actually feel better at the end of the work day. Many times people in the workforce will hunker down with their work and that has so many negative effects on your body. You may be staring at your computer screen for hours, skipping lunch, not drinking enough water, and not getting up to stretch out throughout the day. The Pomodoros not only help with time management, but it is also reminding us to take better care of ourselves.
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Allanah Dykes has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Politics from Fairfield University. She started her freelance career in 2016 and has written about how to land a job post-college, internships, and the interviewing process. She has pieces featured on Elite Daily, Levo League, and Popsugar.