Working with the Pomodoro Method

We often hear about this technique in the world of productivity tips. The Pomodoro method is an easy technique for doing tasks efficiently and quickly. We praise its benefits to keep our focus and work on a project in a concentrated way.

The technique invented by Francesco Cirillo comes from Italy. It is based on the use of a tomato-shaped kitchen timer, called pomodori in Italian, which means tomato.

It will allow you to stay on one task at a time, but above all to have a minimum of distraction. Having a time goal is a lot more motivating to go fast than to browse the internet in the meantime. 😉

How it works ?

First, make a to-do list. We want to have the stages of your project. The objective here is not to run out of ideas when you have started your momentum. Once this well-drawn list, you will have to estimate how long each task will take. This will allow you to remain realistic in your time. We don't want you planning too many things to do, otherwise it's demotivating!

Set timer

Now that you know what project to work on, I invite you to settle down comfortably.
The goal here is that you start the timer only when you're ready to work, so material out, clean environment, everything is there to get you started. Once everything is ready, it's time to pull out the timer.
The method is separated into Pomodoro.
Quite simply, we propose to spend 25 minutes non-stop on a task.
The objective of this 25 minutes is to lean 100%, without distraction and avoiding multitasking. Without answering your emails, without checking social networks, without talking to colleagues.
Once this 25 min is done, you deserve a break, but a short break of 5 minutes! Take the opportunity to stretch your legs, answer urgent messages, go to the bathroom or have a glass of water.
A Pomodoro is a sequence of 25 minutes of work, followed by 5 minutes of break.
If you follow me, you just did half an hour 😉

And we start again!

The goal here is to make 4 pomodoros in a row. So 4 sequences of 25 min of work and 5 min break.
Once these 4×25 min of work is done, it's time to take a longer break of 20-30 min. A well-deserved break, as you have just done 2 hours of diligent and concentrated work.

So the routine should be:

  • 25 mins of work
  • 5 min break
  • 25 mins of work
  • 5 min break
  • 25 mins of work
  • 5 min break
  • 25 mins of work
  • 20-30 min break

The advantage of this technique is that it is time-limited. When working on a project without time limits, it's easy to get lost, inefficient, and waste unnecessary time on details. By putting all your energy on a task, you become more focused and much more efficient!
To calculate your Pomodoros, you can take the classic timer from your phone or from the web. Otherwise, there are also nice applications already made to calculate a Pomodoro.

Personally, I really like these websites made expressly for this technique which are accessible everywhere, both at home and at work:

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