The Pomodoro Technique??

The basic unit of work in the Pomodoro Technique?? can be split in five simple steps:

  1. Choose a task to be accomplished
  2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
  3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
  4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
  5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break

This is just the beginning. There are five primary objectives needed to get the most out of the technique and become a Certified Pomodoro Master 🙂

I meant to mention this as well, yesterday. It follows on from what Georgie fed back about time constraints. Here the constraint is not one minute but 25.

I have tried this. It is brilliant, especially for long projects like a mountain of marking (you may well experience this!), writing a paper, or putting a proposal or presentation together.

It works on the principle of what some magazines call ‘the power of 20’ (or 25 in this case). You cannot imagine writing a symphony. But you could spend 20 minutes each day building up to it. Same with a DT, or specialist essay. Anne Lamott, in her book Bird by Bird, calls this writing by ‘looking through a one inch picture frame’.

I’d be interested to know if anyone gives this a go and if was useful or not.


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