Try the Pomodoro Technique to Refresh and Refocus Regularly

The Pomodoro Technique in action.
Tap into powerful focus with the Pomodoro Technique.

The Pomodoro Technique is a powerful time tool that helps you focus your energy and attention and get into a flow with your work.

Simple to implement, the Pomodoro Technique offers a sure path to increasing your productivity. 

The problem…

Finding flow and focus can feel elusive sometimes. Have you experienced that?

It’s amazing how it goes. Some days you can’t seem to get out of your own way. Then, on other days you can settle down at your desk and address mountains of work with minimal effort.

So, what is different about those days? 

And how can you regularly access and harness that kind of energy?

The Pomodoro Technique to the rescue…

I suggest that you try something like this tried and true technique. It’s a simple strategy for chunking your time and building in short breaks, with the goal of enhancing focus and flow. 

While I would suggest using longer increments of time for your work so that you can fully engage and focus, following is a quick overview of the basics of the technique.

The basics…

The Pomodoro Technique can be split into five simple steps:

1. Choose a task to be accomplished;
2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer);
3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper;
4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK); and
5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break.

So, as simple as it sounds, I’ve found that it’s a very powerful tool. 

Focus is key with the Pomodoro Technique.

Giving yourself a clear task to accomplish and a defined block of time, you optimize your ability to focus.

And then the brief breaks are rewards for tasks accomplished.  Stepping away for 5 minutes allows you to return to your tasks refreshed and ready to refocus. 

As an added bonus, it gives you a chance to move, which is very important if your work is primarily at a desk.

Don’t be afraid to adapt…

The Pomodoro Technique offers a frame, and I encourage you to adapt it for your own work style. You may find that bigger or smaller chunks work better for you.  Perhaps you do better with a slightly longer break.  I see the basic structure as the important part here. The details are yours to customize.

So, how are you currently finding focus and flow in your work life? And what might you try, today, to increase both? 

I invite you to get yourself an egg timer and try the Pomodoro Technique. And let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear.

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