On a day of telework, the risk of distraction is very real. We are less productive and sometimes we run after time. The Pomodoro technique avoids these inconveniences.

This method of time management was developed in the late 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. The technique is based on a timer, programmed in 25-minute increments (a ‘Pomodoro’) during which one concentrates each time on a given task.

Every 25 minutes is followed by a break of 3 minutes, after which we leave for 25 minutes of concentration. After the fourth installment, you can take a longer break. The Pomodoro technique teaches you to make time an ally, rather than fighting against him. A very simple time management system, easy to learn and apply.

 

1. Choose a task that you would like to see completed.

Big job, little job, something you’ve already reported a hundred times … whatever. As long as it is a task to which you will really give your full attention.

2. Program the Pomodoro (the timer) for 25 minutes.

Make a promise and hold it: I will spend 25 minutes doing this and nothing will distract me. Yes, it is possible and you can do it. After all, it will only last 25 minutes !

3. Work on this task until the Pomodoro stops.

Immerse yourself in the job for 25 minutes non-stop! If you suddenly realize that you are doing something else, write it down on a piece of paper.

4. When the Pomodoro stops, check the completed task on a piece of paper.

Well done ! You have dedicated a whole Pomodoro to a task without interruption.

5. Take a short break of 3 minutes.

Breathe, meditate, take a cup of coffee, tease your legs or do something else relaxing (so, unrelated to work). Your brain will thank you later.

6. After 4 Pomodoros, take a longer break.

As soon as you have completed 4 Pomodoros, you are entitled to a longer break – ideally 20 minutes. Or 30 minutes. Your brain will use this time to process other information and rest before the next cycle of Pomodoros.

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