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  • Katharina Faber


With distractions like social media, chatty coworkers or endless online shopping possibilities, being productive is becoming increasingly difficult. If that sounds familiar to you, the Pomodoro technique might be for you!

The Pomodoro technique is a time management method that helps you become hyper focused and minimizes distractions. You work for short bursts of time to leave time for short, intentional breaks to get some fresh air or a much needed fresh cup of coffee. So what is the Pomodoro technique? This simple technique was invented by developer and entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo. He named the system "Pomodoro" because of the tomato-shaped timer he used to track when working. The technique is very simple and very effective! When you look at your work day, think of it in chunks of time. If you're faced with a bigger task or project, break it down into short, timed intervals, spaced out by even shorter breaks. Following this method trains your brain to focus for short periods of time, improves your attention span and concentration. All you need is a timer. You can use an old fashioned kitchen timer, the Clock app on your phone or download a focus app like Flora or Focus Keeper. And here's how you get started: 1. Break down your project into small tasks and select the first one to accomplish 2. Set your timer to 25 minutes 3. Work on your selected tasks without allowing any distractions. Don't look at your phones, don't get up to get a coffee and don't chat with coworkers 4. Once the time is up, take a short break (I would suggest 5 minutes) 5. After four 25 minute intervals, take a longer break (15 to 30 minutes) If you repeat this process over the course of your work day, you will find that you can accomplish a lot more than usual! But what if there is a distraction you can't ignore? Cirillo suggests you do the following: 1. Inform the distracting party that you are working on a task that can't be postponed 2. Negotiate a time to get back to them (in a timely manner!) 3. Schedule the follow up into your calendar right away 4. Contact the distracting party after your interval is complete So we suggest - give it a try! But keep in mind, the technique might or might not work for you or the type of work you do. Don't force it. It is supposed to help you, not be an additional burden! Resources:

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