April 5, 2016
I hesitated to write this because some of these productivity things sound like something you’d see on Dr. Oz. But I digress.
Pomodoro is pretty simple. The technique helps you keep focused by giving you 25 minutes to work on a certain task:
The tomato part is actually from a tomato-shaped timer the inventor used. That’s pretty much it. You could have a goal of say, 10 pomodoros per day. You’re checking off your to-dos while the reward center of your brain is probably sending out little shots of dopamine.
How has this helped? When a thought crosses my mind to look something up, I notice my timer and – now this is where I do need to have some discipline – I don’t go down the rabbit hole. Instead I save that thought for later. The break, or lunch, or later on. Funny thing though, a lot of the time I skip the break. Because of this I get into a much better flow. I’m able to sink deeper into what I’m doing, and skipping that break isn’t a problem.
If you’re easily distracted by having access to all the world’s information at your fingertips, or you fall pray to multitasking, give Pomodoro a try. If you’re all good, fantastic (you can’t see it but I’m shaking my fist at you).