Two years ago, when I was working full time as a writing tutor, I heard about Pomodoro. It’s the technique where you work on one specific task for 25 minutes straight. After 25 minutes, you take a five-minute break.
I gave it a try but it didn’t really work for me. In order for me to earn more from my job, I had to review essays between 15 to 20 minutes. While it would be ideal to review two essays in 25 minutes, it was impossible. I needed to work fast but still provide good writing advice to students about their essays.
Reuniting with Pomodoro
I’ve never used Pomodoro again until I saw my husband using it. And he just loves it! At the end of the day, he would report to me, “I had 10 Pomodoros today.” He feels so accomplished without looking exhausted.
So, I thought I’d give it a try. Since I’m no longer working as a writing tutor, this time Pomodoro is relevant to my work environment. My income is no longer dependent on how many essays I can review each month.
I now work with a startup in Israel. I’m the Head of Communications of a social app called Veems. I have a monthly salary and report to the office five times a week. The more productive I am, the more it helps our team.
More Pomodoros, please.
So, does the Pomodoro technique work for me? Absolutely.
When I set the timer, it allows me to be super focused. I am more conscious of the time. Sometimes, I’m surprised that I can get so much done in 25 minutes. The timer also reminds me to get up from my seat and walk around. Every time I have a 5-minute break, I get up and drink water from the pantry. The pantry has a great view of Mount Carmel which I always find beautiful and relaxing.
While the Pomodoro is great in helping me focus and accomplish tasks much faster, sometimes it can be a bit hard to strictly implement it. Working in an office with other people means inevitable interruptions. I can’t just ignore them and wait until I finish the 25 minutes.
So, is the Pomodoro technique for you?
- If you are a freelancer who works from home, I highly recommend using it.
It’s a great way to help you focus and get things done much faster.
And since you most likely work per project, you get to have more free time at the end of the day. Or you can pursue personal projects.
- If you are in an office setting like me, use the Pomodoro technique in times where you don’t have a lot of interruptions.
For example, you can use it in the first three hours of your day when everyone is still busy with their own tasks.
You don’t even have to use it daily. Use it only when necessary.
- If you’re taking online classes like my husband, it’s a great way to keep you focused on the lessons but at the same time ensure that you get constant breaks.
Writers can also use it when writing their first draft.
I actually set the timer in writing the draft for this blog post! Initially, I had no idea what to write. I told myself that I’m going to start the timer and just write until the 25 minutes is over. And while writing this, I already have 800 words! And so far, it seems coherent to me. 😃
You can learn more about the Pomodoro technique here.
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