By Royd Guyon

Have you ever felt like you are not able to manage your work or studies? You might also feel that you can’t see any improvement in yourself? These questions have answers and one of them is using a technique called Pomodoro Technique. This was developed by Francesco Cirillo in 1980’s at that time he was a university student and was struggling to focus on his studies and complete assignments. He used a tomato (Pomodoro in Italian) shaped kitchen timer to commit to just 10 minutes of focused study time.

The Pomodoro Technique
Timer, pen, notepad for tracking your sessions.
1. Choose a task that you want to complete.
2. Set your timer for 25 minutes.
3. Work on your task until the timer rings.
4. Write in your notepad the session and the progress you have made on the task.
5. Take a break for 5 minutes.
6. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 for four more times.
7. Take a longer break 20-30 minutes after doing 4 rounds of pomodoro session. Make sure your body is recharged and ready for the next task.

Peter Drucker once said that what gets measured, gets managed. The technique that I shared today has the same concept and can provide you with data to evaluate your actions, attitude, or performance. You could even apply this technique to non-work related tasks such as reading, learning a new skill, or listening to a podcast. follow the 7 steps outlined above with focus and I hope you see the benefits of Pomodoro Technique.