One of the hottest topics on the internet is time management. It seems like we all need a way to manage our time for greater focus so we can stop procrastinating and get more done in less time.
While getting more done in less time might seem punishing, it’s actually freeing. We’re not talking about doing more work, necessarily. We’re talking about doing focused work with no distractions so we can get our tasks finished in less time.
It turns out, distractions are one of the major things that stop us from being as productive as we can in a day. Research at the University of California, Irvine shows that when we get distracted, it takes about 25 minutes for us to get back to the level of focus and productivity we were at before the interruption.
Now imagine being interrupted multiple times a day. The interruption doesn’t have to be big. Even little things like checking your social media, email, or answering a call count.
Realizations about the impact of interruptions have caused intrepid thinkers to come up with solutions for eliminating distractions and maximizing focused work time.
And just like people, each method is unique. What works for one may not work for another, so it’s a good idea to learn about a few and build on the method that works best for you.
One of the most popular productivity methods is called the Pomodoro Technique.
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Technique was invented in the late 1980s by Francesco Cirillo when he was a university student. He was having a hard time assimilating what he was learning and staying caught up on his work. “It seemed like I had no way to defend myself against time,” he said.
Fracesco soon determined that his problems came from a high number of distractions and interruptions, combined with low concentration and motivation. He decided to challenge himself to study uninterrupted for 10 minutes. Looking around, he saw a tomato-shaped timer (pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato) which he used to time himself. It worked so well, he gradually developed it into the pomodoro method people use today.