Now that I’m back from vacation, I’m looking to amp up my productivity and get some serious work done–not only on my books, Maiedae tasks, and blogs, but also in my home and during my life! I’m an avid reader of Ann Voskamp’s blog and recently, I stumbled across her praise of the Pomodoro technique for working and staying productive. I am SO excited to share it with you today!

Essentially, the Pomodoro Technique for productivity looks like this:

>> For 25 minutes, work onĀ one task alone. No distractions. No internet checking. No “taking a minute to do something else”. No! For 25 minutes, focus on ONE THING.

>> After your 25 minute period, take a break for 5 minutes. During your break: chill, read, stretch, dance to a song, pray, or meditate. Take the WHOLE 5 minute break.

>> Begin your next 25 minute work period–on a new task if you like or continue your previous task.

>> To record your productivity during a pomodoro, keep track of your work, whether you had any distractions, and whether or not you successfully completed your pomodoro block (separate a page up into three columns).

>> After 4 successful pomodoro time blocks, take a 20 minute break.

That’s pretty much it, folks! I don’t have a fancy red Pomodoro timer (yet), but I discovered a nifty website that lets you have a Pomodoro counter open on a separate tab while you’re working on your task. I’m super excited about trying this out! I think it is really going to help me to concentrate on my work without distractions and I am ready to train my mind to focus for longer periods of time! I think this will especially benefit my writing–as that is the task in which I get most distracted.

Have you ever used the Pomodoro technique for working? If so, what are your thoughts? Do you like using it? Wasn’t your thing? Why not?

Reviews of the Pomodoro Technique for productivity:

>> Awesome Toast’s thoughts

>> Fluent Time Management’s thoughts

>> Wikipedia on The Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro for Productivity!
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