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The Pomodoro Technique

This delicious sounding tool is your key to pro time-management. Work in focused intervals followed by short breaks to boost brain productivity.

The Pomodoro Technique is a popular time management method designed to supercharge your productivity. Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, it's a simple but powerful approach to work that involves breaking your tasks into short, focused intervals (typically 25 minutes in length) followed by short breaks. 

And if you thought the concept was tasty, you’d be right. The technique is named after the Italian word for "tomato," inspired by the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used during his university days. 

The Pomodoro Technique is your ally, offering a structured approach to time management. It will alleviate that slippery slope into burnout by actively encouraging you to take breaks (we’d suggest grabbing a coffee or taking a short stroll in between bursts). If you’re juggling multiple responsibilities, we’d urge you to try this systematic way to tackle tasks whilst maintaining a healthy work pace.

When is the best time to use this tool?

  • Maintaining focus on lengthy tasks
  • To alleviate burnout
  • To enhance task completion speed

How to use:

  • Identify tasks
  • Set a timer for 25 minutes
  • Focus solely on the task until the timer dings
  • Take a 5-minute break (have a cuppa, do a stretch)

Example: If you’re working on a large strategy, taking regular breaks will help you maintain consistent productivity and focus, producing better quality work.

Key Takeaway

Do as the Italians do and encourage moments of rest within your working day. No one can focus for hours on end so it’s important to rewire your brain to pause and pick up again after a short break.


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