Have you ever felt why you are not getting the same output for all your efforts? Where is all your time and energy going to? In this digital world, Staying focused on a particular task is becoming really hard. Our digital devices are buzzing all the times through different feeds, messages, and notifications from social media.
According to a survey, it was found that 60% of millennials touch their phones 150 times a day and touch, tap and swipe their phone more than 2500 times a day. One research shows interruptions occur about every twelve minutes in the workplace, and every three minutes in university settings.
So, the next question is how to stay focused and how to resist all these distractions?
The only way you can stay focused is by blocking your time with your undivided attention.
Pomodoro is a time management method that uses a timer to break down work into 25 min intervals separated by 5 min breaks. Each interval is called as ‘Pomodoros’ which means tomato in Italian. This method was developed by Francesco Cirillo. Cirillo used a tomato look like kitchen timer when he was a university student.
The Pomodoro Technique:
- Pick up any task that you want to do.
- Divide that task into sessions of 25 mins each.
- Keep a timer and focus on that particular task until the timer rings.
- Once the timer is on, take a break for 5 mins.
- Repeat the same for next session. Take a longer break if you are having more than 4 Pomodoro’s.
Even though the Pomodoro technique says about 25 mins of focus period, it can be changed accordingly to ones preferred style. Some prefer 40 mins of focus period and 10 minutes of break. Whatever be the interval, the main objective of each Pomodoro should be dedicated to one task and each break as a chance to reset and bring you attention back to what you should be working on.