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Pomodoro Technique

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Pomodoro Technique is a time management tool where you focus on one task for 25 minutes intervals with 5 minutes break between each interval.

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A Bit of History

Pomodoro Technique was invented by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. He named it after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that he used actually to track his work as a university student. Since then, this technique has gained much popularity in various productivity and self-improvement spheres. Francesco Cirillo wrote a book about the Pomodoro Technique.

How to Use

1. Choose a task or series of tasks that you need to accomplish.

2. Set the timer on 25 minutes. 

3. Continue to work on the task until the timer goes off.

4. Avoid constantly checking the timer and don't get distracted by anything.

5. Once the timer goes off, take a short break for 5 minutes. Do some exercise or something relaxing, take a little walk, do anything other than work.

6. After 4 pomodoros, take a longer break of 20–30 minutes.

I’m perhaps not a better designer, but I do feel better going about my day. The small breaks create mental space that helps me to take one step back and see where I am in my work and what to focus on next. I also noticed that I am more at ease and calmer during the day

Tips & Tricks

1. Don't be interrupted. Focus on the task for 25 minutes, put away your gadgets, do not check social networks, and turn off extraneous sounds. Do your best to limit distractions.

2. Estimate how long the task will take you. Keep a record of how long it took you to do your work. This will give you a better idea of how to plan your time in the future. 

3. Gamify your productivity. Challenge yourself to complete a large task for a small amount of pomodoros. Set goals and achieve them, then reward yourself. So the process will become more exciting and fun.

4. Prepare your workplace in advance. Put the necessary tools for the task on the desktop: notepad, pens, highlighters, etc.

5. If you remember an urgent task during the pomodoro interval, write a quick note on a sticker, put it aside and go back to work.

Pomodoro Apps

Desktop

Focus Booster — in the app, you can track sessions, use statistics to improve, and measure progress.

PomoDoneApp — you can connect the app to your own task management tools (for example, Trello). The app can be launched directly from the Chrome browser.

Mobile

Be Focused (iOS) — the app is free, but has a pro version. In the pro version, you can import and export tasks, as well as synchronize them between different devices.

Pomodoro Keeper  (iOS) — the app with a nice and clean interface. It shows your productivity over the last 30 days. The app builds graphs of your activity.

ClearFocus  (Android) — the app has the function of blocking other apps.

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