High Intensity Training for your To Do List!

The Pomodoro Technique or “Pom” as I love to call it, is my go-to method for getting stuff done.  All you need is the timer on your phone, and you are good to go!

  1. Choose a task
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes (1 Pom)
  3. Focus fully on the task until the timer rings
  4. After 25 mins take a 5-minute break
  5. Repeat
  6. After 4 Pom intervals take a longer break. 20-30 minutes.

This simple method is ideal for smashing those boring tasks that rollover day to day, or if you really need to focus and plough through a huge amount of work.

I recommend switching your phone to silent and closing any notifications that may distract you.  The Pom is all about focused work, eliminating all distractions and concentrating on ONE thing.  No flicking across to email or reading those Facebook notifications!

Don’t skip the 5-minute break.  It’s scientifically proven that taking a “brain break” makes you more productive for your next Pom session.  I understand once you are in the flow it seems counter-intuitive to stop, but this technique will set you up for success if you stick to it.

We often use Poms in our co-working sessions, and everyone is amazed at how much they get done.  #Accountability

A Pom is great for –

Getting started

Whether it’s a task you dread (VAT for me) or one that’s boring but necessary (filing) I find getting started is the hardest part, once you do it’s soon out of the way.

Becoming aware of distractions

Ever wonder where the time goes? Wonder no more.
You soon become aware of distractions that pop up in your day. On your break have a think about how many distractions you experienced in your last 25 mins and then understand how your weeks can end without you achieving everything you had planned.

Cutting down on interruptions

Not returning a phone call for 25 minutes helps you to stay focused and finally get stuff done!

Removing overwhelm

It’s just 25 minutes.  25 minutes of focused, distraction-free work.  Once you start to make real progress on the tasks you set out to do, you end the day on a high.  Instead of wondering where the time went.

Housework!

Yes really.  Folding laundry, pushing a hoover around, unloading the dishwasher and a quick polish. You will be amazed at how much you can fly through in 25 minutes.

I am a big fan of the Pomodoro technique and everyone who starts to use it has had great results.

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