Eat that Frog with a Pomodoro

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The Technique encourages people to work with the time they have — rather than against it. Using this method, you break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for ‘tomato’, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student. After about four pomodoros, you take a longer break of about 15 to 20 minutes.

The following steps to be performed in the Pomodoro technique:

  1. Decide on the task to be done
  2. Set the Pomodoro timer (alarm) to 25 minutes.
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings.
  4. Take a breaks of 5 minutes after timer ring.
  5. Repeat the whole cycle for the 4 times.
  6. After 4 cycles, take a long break of more than 15–20 minutes and perform another round until the task is complete.

The idea behind the technique is that the timer instills a sense of urgency. Rather than feeling like you have endless time in the workday to get things done and then ultimately wasting those precious work hours on distractions, you know you only have 25 minutes to make as much progress on a task as possible.

Task or Activity to perform using a Pomodoro technique

I was assigned a presentation on the topic Fog, Smoke And Smog;
Its Impacts On Life With Special Reference To Pakistan
and my teacher gave me a deadline to submit it by 1st January. So I, used the pomodoro technique to make and complete my presentation.

For this purpose, I put my mobile phone aside and open my laptop. Then, I tried to start making my presentation with full concentration.

Set a Pomodoro timer for 25 minutes

I set a Pomodoro timer for 25 minutes on my mobile phone and started working on it. During these 25 minutes many distractions pops into my mind e.g., pick up my phone, scroll over social media, see notifications on WhatsApp and on Instagram. But I restricted myself to do so and kept on working. I was so busy in making presentation that I didn’t even realize how fast these 25 minutes passed. In this first cycle of this activity, I almost completed 25% (7 slides) of presentation. Then, I took a 5-minute break for relaxation and again set the timer for 25 minutes for performing this activity. In the second cycle, I completed 50% (14 slides) of presentation. I performed this activity for 3 to 4 times after two cycles. After the 4th cycle, I made the whole presentation of 28 slides . After 4th cycle I took a rest of 25 minutes.

My Experience from this Activity

In the beginning of this activity, I thought that I could not complete this task but after the first 25 minutes or the first cycle, I get motivated and easily done my task with this Pomodoro technique.

I will use this Pomodoro technique in my daily tasks. All in all, I was surprised to find that I actually really liked the Pomodoro Technique, and I think it lived up to its promises of making me more focused and productive.

Tips I learned from Pomodoro technique

I learned following 3 tips from this Pomodoro technique

  1. Time management
  2. Eradicate the distractions
  3. Stay focused on the work

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