Time Management

This is a guide to the Pomodoro Technique, a way for you to work smarter, not harder and optimize your work process to do more in less time.

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro is a time management technique that uses a timer to break down work into cycles of 25 minutes, separated by short breaks.

Work with time, not against it

We're always racing against the clock to finish assignments and meet deadlines. But learning to take short, scheduled breaks eliminates that feeling when you push yourself too hard.

Learn to manage distractions

We are constantly bombarded with distractions disguised as phone calls, emails, etc., that get in the way of actual work. To get started, put your phone on airplane mode and create a timetable of your high-priority tasks.

The process: 25 minutes of focus

Now, download a Pomodoro app or set a timer for 25 minutes and work on ONE task until the timer rings. Then, take a 5-minute break. Repeat the process three more times, then take a 15-minute break. That's it.

Getting the most out of the technique

Use the first 15 minutes of your day to plan out your tasks and set 30 minutes aside at the end of each week to review it and plan the next one.

Find your magic number

Try fitting 8 Pomodoros in a day for a total of ~20 hours of FOCUSED work each week. Use the remaining of your hours for other less-focused tasks such as meetings, emails, and phone calls.

The Pomodoro Challenge

Why not try one Pomodoro today?

Twenty-five minutes of concentrated work on one task. Start with one and work up from there. You could also send these cards to your friends and colleagues to help everyone become more productive.

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