You can’t look through the productivity section of any of the major app stores without seeing some app based on the Pomodoro method. In today’s blog post, we’re going to look at what the Pomodoro method is, and how it can help you manage your time. Next week, we’ll do an App of the Week featuring some favorite Pomodoro apps.
What is the Pomodoro method?
At its core, the Pomodoro method is a time management strategy designed to help you be more productive by scheduling breaks into your work time. In the strictest practice, you would work for 25 minutes and then take a five minute break. After four of these cycles, you would take a longer break (15-30 minutes) and then you would begin cycling again. Some people follow this practice strictly. Others are much more flexible and make longer or shorter work and break periods. Some people switch tasks after each break period. However, the most important aspect of the Pomodoro method is that by only taking scheduled breaks, you can be more productive during your work periods.
Why would I want to use the Pomodoro method?
The creator of the Pomodoro method gave these four goals:
- Work with time – not against it
- Eliminate burnout
- Manage distractions
- Create a better work/life balance
With cell phones and laptops around during homework time, it’s too easy to take more breaks than you meant or longer breaks than you should. Using the Pomodoro method lets you get your social media fix in, but helps you to stay on task and be more productive. You can ignore texts, messages, snaps, and all other kinds of notifications during your 25 minutes of work, and then respond to them during the 5 minutes of break. This keeps you engaged with your work while still letting you interact with your social media. Other things to do during your break? You could get a snack, do some yoga, watch a YouTube video, or walk around your hall.
How do I get started with the Pomodoro method?
You can always start with just a timer and a notepad to keep track of when you get your longer break. However, next week we’ll be covering some apps that can break down the time for you in helpful ways, from simple browser timers to complex scheduling apps.
Don’t think you have the self control to avoid distractions during your work time? In a couple weeks, we’ll be covering apps that can help with managing distractions while working on the internet.