Focus!

May I present to you the Pomodoro Technique.

There are six steps in the technique:

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).[1]
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings. If a distraction pops into your head, write it down, but immediately get back on task.
  4. After the timer rings, put a checkmark on a piece of paper.[5]
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
  6. After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.

1. WORK WITH TIME – NOT AGAINST IT

For many people, time is an enemy. We race against the clock to finish assignments and meet deadlines. The Pomodoro Technique teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it. A revolutionary time management system, it is at once deceptively simple to learn and life-changing to use.

2. ELIMINATE BURNOUT

Essential to the Pomodoro Technique is the notion that taking short, scheduled breaks while working eliminates the “running on fumes” feeling you get when you’ve pushed yourself too hard.

3. MANAGE DISTRACTIONS

Whether it’s a call, a Facebook message, or suddenly realizing you need to change the oil in your car, many distracting thoughts and events come up when you’re at work. The Pomodoro Technique will help you log your distractions and order them according to priority levels. Often, they can wait.

4. CREATE A BETTER WORK / LIFE BALANCE

Most of us are intimately acquainted with the guilt that comes from procrastinating. If we haven’t had a productive day, it’s pretty easy to end up feeling like we can’t enjoy our free time. Becoming a Pomodoro Master involves creating an effective timetable, allowing you to truly enjoy your time off.

source The Pomodoro Technique®

Please keep in mind that this technique works only if you are take the breaks. On your most “in the zone” days you might be tempted to work continuously and ignore you breaks. DON’T DO IT !!! . Stick to the technique and eventually this would be your become your routine and routines are permanent while “zones” are fleeting. Also keep a distraction log, write it down with the time elapsed in the pomodoro, don’t use a another tool, this would lead to further distractions.

Here are few sources to get you more information on the pomodoro technique

Productivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique Can Supercharge Work And Study In 30 Minutes

Some tools to help with the technique

Pomodone App: Time tracking that works where you work

Problem Solved !!!

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