Productivity Hack: Pomodoro Technique For Time Management

There are many ways to help you manage your time more efficiently. And one of those ways is the Pomodoro Technique.

Pomodoro is the equivalent of tomato in English, but the Pomodoro Technique has nothing to do with the food, unfortunately:) It’s a great technique you can use in your daily life to be more productive. You will find a brief description of it below, but if you’d like to dive deeper into the subject, you can buy the author’s book “The Pomodoro Technique” in bookstores or even online.

Imagine you have several tasks you need to finish. Let’s say you need to write a five-page essay on the life of Einstein. What the author suggests — and I agree — is creating blocks of time and taking breaks between them will help you complete your essay more productively. Ideally, the blocks of time should not exceed twenty-five minutes. And after each block of time, you should allow yourself five to ten minutes of rest. Coming back to the essay example, you may get more done by concentrating maximum twenty-five minutes without any distractions and taking a small break afterward, and you will need to repeat this cycle until you finish your task.

I totally support the author’s technique because according to some researchers, the human brain tends to get tired after around twenty-five minutes, so we need to give a break to our brains. I create blocks of time made of twenty minutes. At the end of each block, I get up from my desk, walk around, drink water, check my messages etc.

The Pomodoro Technique has also another benefit. Researchers indicate that the human brain tends to remember more about what happens at the beginning and the end of an event or activity. The information that happens in the middle tends to get forgotten more easily. Let’s say you need to study for your geography exam. If you study for three hours straight without taking any breaks, you may remember more of what you studied at the beginning and at the end of that three-hour session. However, if you divide those three hours into several pomodoros, you may increase your chances of remembering more information.

So, this is what the Pomodoro Technique is all about. Please share your preferred time management technique in the comment boxes below.

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