How many of you want to achieve something but couldn’t concentrate on that. How many of you know what you want to do to achieve something but never really gets going. How many of you make a plan, routine but never executing it just because you Procrastinate
Procrastination is one of the common phenomenon and one of the major issues in modern society. But there is a very unique and effective method to overcome procrastination and accelerate your productivity. Francesco Cirillo developed this amazing philosophy on how to stop from procrastination known as “POMODORO” Technique
What’s this “Pomodoro”
- First, you have to pick a task. Then divide it into 3 or 4 small tasks.
- Get an alarm. Set it for 25 minutes
- Work on one small task for 25 minutes. In these 25 minutes, you have to avoid all your distractions and have to concentrate on your task only.
- Take 5-10 minutes break from every 25 minutes. After 4 tasks take a longer break
This technique seems simple but it’s proven highly effective on your productivity. The Secret of this technique is you only have to concentrate for 25 minutes. It eases your mind and you can concentrate better.
Now you understand the basic concept of the Pomodoro technique. If you think you are good to go, leave and make a practice of it. Following is the real depth of Pomodoro technique.
Why is it so effective?
It’s this simple idea of “you have to work on this project whole day” vs “you have to work on this project for 25 minutes”. It’s encouraging to work on something for 25 minutes than a day, right?
Researches have shown that our brain takes information and it takes some time to process it. So when you do a “Pomodoro session”(25 minutes) you get a small break and that gives time to the brain to process that information. After the break when your next session begins the brain has processed that information and you can understand it more efficiently.
So next time you do your work, project, study or whatever, do it in 10 small tasks rather than 1 big task.
How to customize “Pomodoro Technique” for yourself
Pomodoro technique use for stopping procrastination and work your day highly effective. But it doesn’t mean you can customize it for yourself.
- 25 minutes routine is not compulsory
The main idea of the Pomodoro technique is dividing your work into small tasks because it’s more productive and it helps to prevent procrastination. If you are a hard worker and you can concentrate for 45 minutes, it’s perfectly fine. As long as you split up your work for small tasks, not one big task. But we highly recommend you to use one Pomodoro session between 25-50 minutes.
- Ideas for the break between Pomodoro sessions
There are two types of breaks in the Pomodoro Technique. First one is between every Pomodoro session you take a 5-10 minutes break and the second one is after 4 sessions you take a big break of 30 minutes.
In the small break never check your phone unless it’s urgent and important. Before you know it you are searching for kidney diseases without having an idea what you’re doing.
In the small break, you can go for a little walk, make a cup of coffee, do little push-ups, listen to a song or just nap for 10 minutes. Soon as your break over get back into Pomodoro session and work hard as you can
In the long break do whatever you want to do for 30 minutes. It’s effective to take your mind completely off that work, project, study….. etc to get the maximum advantage. We’ll talk about this in the following chapter.
Science behind the Pomodoro technique
Earlier we talked about how the brain gets information and proceeds it and it takes time. That’s why we have a small break between each session. What we are more interested in how the long break affect your productivity
Barbara Oakley-Author of A Mind for Numbers thoroughly explains why is it effective to get your mind off your study or work. I’m gonna give you a quick brief about that. BTW I highly recommend you to read this book A Mind for Numbers-How to excel in math and science by Barbara Oakley if you are into math or science.
There are two moods in our study. One is Focused mode and Other Diffused mode. (If you want a thorough explanation go here). Focused mode is the highly attentive state and diffused mode is a more relaxed and resting state. When you are working, studying hard you are in the focused mode, the problem in the focused mode is it’s highly productive, you go into deep details but you stuck in one idea.
When you relaxed and go into the diffused mode you see different answers to the same question and then you have to go into the focused mode to apply that. So switching between these moods helps you to come up with the best outcome possible. In the Pomodoro technique, we do the same idea by going into focused mode by 4 Pomodoro sessions and then going into diffused mode by the long break.