Do you struggle to get work done? Is your schedule jam packed and you’re doing a lot of busy work but not getting “deep work” done?
Pomodoro is a time management technique that will help you get more done—consistently.
Pomodoro is an Italian word meaning tomato and is named after a tomato-shaped kitchen timer used by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s when he developed this time management technique.
The idea is to work in 25-minute intervals, then take five-minute breaks.
25 minutes on, 5 minutes off.
You don’t need a fancy tomato timer. I use the timer on my phone.
The trick is to know what you’re doing in advance (pull this from a task list). Also, when you break, do something unrelated that will give your body and mind a rest: get up from your chair, do jumping jacks, make a cup of tea, or do yoga stretches.
What I like about this approach is that 25-minute chunks seem less formidable. Even if it’s a task I hate (taxes or filing), knowing I’ll have a break keeps me on track.
Try pomodoros, Before you know it, you’ll be powering through your work. You might even find yourself in a state of flow and won’t even want to stop for a break.
I’m Courtney Kenney, author and book launch consultant. Like you, I’m on the author’s journey. My focus is to improve my craft, learn new marketing techniques, and sell more books as I grow my authorpreneur business. I want to share what I’ve learned to help you become a more productive and prosperous author.