Pomodoro Technique: a Productivity Tool for Every Writer

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The Pomodoro Technique® is a technique helping to manage time, avoid distractions, eliminate burnout, and keep safe from procrastination. It’s especially useful for people spending a lot of time with computer, like developers, designers, bloggers, researchers, or students. That’s why I find it potentially very useful for us Steemit users — everyone here is a blogger by definition and many of us are also developers or other computer specialists.

Pomodoro technique is easy and fun to use, and it brings instant results. Its name comes from a pomodoro kitchen timer used by the author, Francesco Cirillo, to chunk work time into fixed blocks (called pomodoros) alternating with short relax.

How It works

  1. Choose a task to work on.
  2. Set the timer for 25 minutes with the intention to spend them on this task exclusively without any interruption.
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings. If you realize you also have something else to do, quickly write it down and continue working on the original task.
  4. Mark a pomodoro as finished and reward yourself with a 5-minute break. Breathe, meditate, grab a cup of coffee or do something else relaxing and unrelated to work.

Once you’ve completed four pomodoros, take a longer break. Your brain will use this time to assimilate new information and rest before the next round of pomodoros.

As easy as that. Give it a try and share the results in the comments!

This post took me 3 pomodoros to write 🙂

Official website

Visit the official site to find more details, tips and courses on using the technique. You can even become a certified Pomodoro trainer!

Francesco Cirillo invented the Pomodoro Technique in the 1980s. He has worked at the forefront of the software industry for twenty years and mentored thousands of developers and software teams during his career spanning startups, multinationals and freelance consulting.

Apps

  • PomoDoneApp. The easiest way to track your workflow on top of your current task management service. Connects to task managers like Trello, Evernote, Todoist, or Basecamp, to name a few. Has a free lightweight version.
  • Focus Booster. Paid version only with basic technique implementation and some time tracking features.

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