There are never enough hours in the day – tasks pile up and distractions seem endless. Well, one way to improve your focus and boost your productivity is the Pomodoro technique. It is considered to be one of the most popular productivity methods. And is now available with the Luxafor productivity gadget.
What is the Pomodoro technique?
The technique has been around since the early 1990s and was invented by Francesco Cirillo, an entrepreneur and software developer, to help him focus on his studies during university.
He had an idea to use a kitchen timer to track his work and study time. The timer was in the shape of a tomato, hence the name of this method was born. “Pomodoro” means “tomato” in Italian.
The main concept behind the technique is to work in blocks of time, typically 25 minutes long (called pomodoro sessions), followed by a 5 minute break. When you complete four pomodoros, it’s time for a longer break of 20 to 30 minutes. The cycle then repeats.
Each pomodoro session should demand your full attention on one task, every break requires you to step away from your work to rest.
Why does this technique work?
This technique trains your brain to focus for short periods and helps you stay on top of deadlines or constantly refilling inboxes. With time it can even help improve your attention span and concentration. It aims to provide maximum focus and creative freshness and allows to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue.
Big projects become less overwhelming. Pomodoro encourages to break down big work into smaller tasks, which can be completed in 25-minute intervals. When you have a million things on your to-do list, it can be a great tool that helps you power through all your tasks.
In the long term, the Pomodoro Technique can help you train your productivity skills. Regularly applying the method it’s possible to master such habits as an improved attention span and focus, consistency in productivity levels, improved follow-through and completion of tasks. The difference in your work or study process can be seen in a couple of days, but true mastery of the technique takes up to twenty days of constant use.
Who should use it?
The technique is great for office workers as they can use the structured format to work through their to-do lists. It can also help managing distractions during the work day. The technique is easy to implement into the typical working day. Chris Winfield claims that it is even possible to fit a 40-hour workweek into 16,7 hours.
It is used widely by students to maintain focus while studying. As students are known for their habit of procrastination, the technique can train the discipline and help stay on top of studies. The pomodoro technique makes you pick a focus point for each session by setting a goal and working solely on that. This focus helps driving tasks through to completion.
The pomodoro technique is very popular with freelancers as it helps to ensure they deliver quality on time and at a profit. It encourages you to take a real break from what you are doing and move around. This helps you to remain fresh throughout the day, encouraging creativity and quick thinking. Often writers use the technique to track their progress and to maintain focus.
Pomodoro technique will be well suited for day dreamers and the ones who are easily distracted. It can also benefit people with many small things to do or on the contrary people who have to do a lengthy task as it allows to concentrate on one task at a time and to divide a big project into manageable chunks of work.
How to use Pomodoro technique with Luxafor?
Luxafor software now has an integrated Pomodoro timer. Customizable modes allow you to change Pomodoro time and length of breaks to fit your work pace.
Using Pomodoro together with Luxafor will allow you not only keep track of your sessions but also keeps others from distracting you.
Luxafor will automatically turn red when you are on your pomodoro session and not to be disturbed. It will turn green when you are on your break. It will notify you of the beginning of a session with a notification pattern of your choosing.