Time is precious, and you can't slow it down. But we can always learn how to use it well. It's a good thing that time management techniques exists, and makes it easier for us to make the most it.
It is a time management method developed in the late 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. Since it was first introduced, it has gained popularity all over the world. It is an efficient tool that has helped millions increase their productivity at work. It has also helped them spend more time with family and loved ones.
Here are more reasons to try and see if the Pomodoro technique will work for you.
1. The Pomodoro technique is easy to understand and apply.
The simplicity of the technique is why more and more busy individuals are adapting it. There are several time management methods out there. But most of them are either too complicated or too good to be true.
With the Pomodoro principle, all you need to do is set up your list and your timer. The results will depend on you.
2. The Pomodoro principle is flexible.
You can use this technique to handle all tasks, whether it be simple or gargantuan. You also decide which tasks need to go first, or which you can move the next day.
This is also great if you are learning something new.
Having the time in chunks let you progress in the speed you prefer. The flexibility it offers allow you to maximize your time and learning ability.
3. It works for everyone.
The Pomodoro technique is perfect for anyone. Managers, teachers, students, entrepreneurs, lawyers, parents and even CEOs can use it. It's easy to feel overwhelmed with all the projects, books to read, scheduled meetings and other stuff you need to do. With this technique, you single out what is most important and still have time to do what you love.
You also get to practice your decision making skills. Something as simple as deciding which book to read or which article to finish can affect the way your days go.
Have you heard of 'eat-the-frog'? This technique reinforces that. Getting the most difficult tasks done first can speed up your days. This also gives you more time to relax before the day ends.
This time management technique helps you focus on a specific
task. Most of us think that multi-tasking is the way to go. But in reality, multi-tasking also spreads us too thin. We end up with nothing done and more mistakes.
The concept of the Pomodoro technique involves prioritizing tasks you need to do. Then you set aside a specific amount of time to finish the task. Most attest that 25 minutes is enough to complete tasks, but it's up to you.
Now the key is, to not have any distractions while finishing the work. After the time is up, you can take a short break to help refocus your energies towards the next task on your list.
Give it a try, why don't you?
Herlene Somook is a creative entrepreneur and freelance writer based in Manila, Philippines. A graduate of AB Psychology, she was a Kumon Reading teacher for five years before jumping ship to the Business Process Outsourcing Industry, where she gained experience in Inbound Sales, Technical Support, Outbound Services, Lead Generation and Marketing. Today, she spends her time as Copywriter and Content Manager for NextStep Workshops, and is learning more about Content Marketing, Search Engine Optimization and Blogging. She loves reading bedtime stories to her toddler son.
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