Who hasn’t experienced time anxiety when faced with a task that has to be finished by a certain deadline? In these circumstances, who hasn’t felt the need to put off that task, to “come up for air”? Who hasn’t had that unpleasant sensation of depending on time, chasing after appointments, giving up what one loves to do for lack of time? “Remember, Time is a greedy player who wins without cheating, every round!” Is this the true nature of time? Or is it only one of the possible ways to consider time? And more generally speaking, why do people have such a problem in the way they relate to time? Where does it come from, this anxiety that we’ve all experienced at the thought that “time is slipping away”?
I am facing the problem of completing a task. But later I realised that to complete a task, I should start work on the task but instead I am postponing . How to start the work and stay focused? Then I came to know about this technique.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English of the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.
Goals of the Pomodoro Technique:
- The aim of the Pomodoro Technique is to provide a simple tool/process for improving productivity (your own and that of your team) which is able to do the following:
- Alleviate anxiety linked to becoming
- Enhance focus and concentration by cutting down on interruptions
- Increase awareness of your decisions
- Boost motivation and keep it constant.
- Bolster the determination to achieve your goals
- Refine the estimation process, both in qualitative and quantitative terms
- Improve your work or study process
- Strengthen your determination to keep on applying yourself in the face of complex situations
The stages of Pomodoro Technique:
|at the start of the day||to decide on the day’s activities|
|Tracking||throughout the day||to gather raw data on the effort expended and other
metrics of interest
|Recording||at the end of the day||to compile an archive of daily observations|
|Processing||at the end of the day||to transform raw data into information|
|Visualizing||at the end of the day||
to present the information in a format that facilitates
understanding and clarifies paths to improvement
How to Start First Pomodoro :
- Identify your task, write down the list of tasks and choose the first task.
- I am suggesting you to use the Promodoro timer instead of mobile apps or desktop apps. (If you don’t have a physical timer, you can use)
- The traditional Pomodoro is 30 minutes long: 25 minutes of work plus a 5-minute break.
- Whoever is using the Pomodoro, whether one person or more than one, should always be able to clearly see how much time is left.
How to focus on your work for 25 mins
- Headphones , Which is very useful when you want to focus on your work/studies.
I am using Everest Elite 700, one of best headphone from JBL, which comes with noise cancelling feature.
I used to go to below websites/apps for focusing on my work.
When the Pomodoro rings, this signals that the current activity is peremptorily (though temporarily) finished. You’re not allowed to keep on working “just for a few more minutes”, even if you’re convinced that in those few minutes you could complete the task at hand.
The 3-5 minute break gives you the time you need to “disconnect” from your work. This allows the mind to assimilate what’s been learned in the last 25 minutes, and also provides you with the chance to do something good for your health, which will help you to do your best during the next Pomodoro. During this break you can stand up and walk around the room, have a drink of water, or fantasize about where you’ll go on your next vacation. You can do some deep breathing or stretching exercises. If you work with other people, you can swap a joke or two, and so on.
During this quick break, it’s not a good idea to engage in activities that call for any significant mental effort. For example, don’t start talking about work-related issues with a colleague; don’t write important emails or make imperative phone calls, etc. Doing these kinds of things would block the constructive mental integration that you need in order to feel alert and ready for the start of the next Pomodoro. You should include these activities in your Activity Inventory, and earmark specific Pomodoros to do them. Clearly, during this break you shouldn’t continue thinking about what you’ve done during the last Pomodoros. Once the break is over, set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes and continue the activity at hand until the next time it rings. Then mark another X on the To Do Today Sheet
Once 4 Pomodoros over, you have to take long breaks like 20-30 mins break. You should not do any complex work during this break. Give some rest to your brain.
After a long break, again start with your next item in To Do list.
This is simple and effective way to complete your task. I am suggesting you to stay away from smartphone, social media and anything which is distracting you. Follow this technique for one day and you can see the changes.
Pomodoro timer in online : https://tomato-timer.com/#
You can buy it from online less than 5$. Please someone try and tell me.
We can talk about how to cut down the distractions in my next post.