That’s Italian for tomato. And for tomato lovers out there, after reading this article, you might find another reason to love the good old pomodoro. Just in another capacity, I guess.
For freelancers, especially those paid on a per-deliverable basis, getting more work done in less time is the secret to earning more. (Now, that’s not to say we’re forgetting quality here. Of course, we aren’t.)
For professionals or practically anybody trying to beat a deadline, the ticking of the clock can be a nightmare, hence, the need for an effective time management strategy.
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Francesco Cirillo, in the late ‘80s, invented a time management technique called the Pomodoro Technique. Essentially, what this technique entails is breaking down long periods of work into 25-minute sessions (called pomodoros) separated by breaks. The Pomodoro Technique, in a nutshell, employs the following steps:
- Choose the work to be done.
- Set your pomodoro timer to 25 minutes. (Any timer will do, by the way, as long as it works.)
- Work until the timer goes off. Mark your work checklist with an X.
- Take a five-minute break.
- For every four pomodoros you complete, take longer breaks, 15 to 20 minutes.
I’ve done this once, and it works. The only challenge left for me to tackle, I guess, is how to make this technique second nature to me knowing that I have this annoying tendency to use up valuable time on Facebook, G+, even the urge to surf unrelated stuff while doing freelance work, especially when I’m trying to do more.
Well, as in anything, I reckon it’s going to come with practice, lots and lots of practice.
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