Hands down, my favorite time management technique is Pomodoro. I don’t claim to be a Pomodoro expert, and didn’t really know there were Pomodoro experts until I began to research for for this post. In fact, the technique is trademarked, so perhaps I should say I practice a Pomodoro-type of time management. I love Pomodoro because it is easy to do and IT WORKS!
The technique is quite simple and all you need to get started is something you probably already have: a kitchen timer. Here’s how I practice Pomodoro:
- Sit down at my workspace with a specific task I wish to accomplish.
- Set the timer for approximately 20 minutes (official Pomodoro practice says 25–I adjust this according to task and how I am feeling).
- Work like crazy until the timer goes off. After that, it’s break time for 5 minutes. I often work a bit over the time limit as Pomodoro is a great way for me to stop procrastinating and get to work.
The video below describes some advanced ways to use the technique to further master your time.