I do not know if it is inherent guilt or it is actually true but I have been feeling a bit meh and like my productivity has been a bit low recently so in a bid to feel and be more productive, I decided to try out the Pomodoro Technique.
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Technique is where you work in 25-30 minutes stints with a five minute break in-between. After the fourth stint, you take a 15 minute break. The idea is that the stints allow you to focus on the task at hand. No interruptions. In the break you are meant to move away from the place you are sitting and do something completely different.
Does it work?
I have mixed feelings about whether this works for everyone. For me, it took me a while to get use too and at first I spent a bit of time worrying if I would get things done within the 25 minutes. I found has it place when I need to get back on track with something but it isn’t a tool I would use on a regular basis. As a creative person, I realised for me, it can depend on the task. If I am doing some form of writing, it can take me at least 10 minutes to get in the zone and when the timer goes off, I am really in the flow and do not want to stop. So when it comes to writing I like to make my stint a little bit longer or carry on with the task in the next stint.
Where it does works a charm is when I am doing practical tasks like cleaning up and admin tasks like answering emails.
You can increase the time of your stints. The original method says 25 minutes. I would say personally, 30-40 minutes, is a good sweet spot. The key is to take five minute breaks in-between. The tasks you do within these allowed times are completely up to you and can carry over if needed.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, it does have a place in helping getting things done. Even if you do not strictly stick to the plan it still helps in getting you the groove of being productive. I am not use to working in 20 minute increments but I like working in time constraints and a schedule for the most part. I actually plan my day hour to hour but this is another way in which to do it and does help when you have a massive to do list and feel a little overwhelmed.
Dress – Hand me up from the little sister Sweater – Primark
Photography – Christy