What tomatoes and productivity have in common?
Soo what is all this fuzz around Pomodoro (italian for tomato) all about?
How long can you focus on a task and be productive?
The answer is, shorter than u think.
How you ever found yourself in a long important meeting or maybe trying to focus on an important task for an extended period of time but your mind just wanders off?
Nothing is wrong with you. In fact, you are totally normal.
We as humans are very good to focus on specific tasks, but only for a short period of time. After a while our brain wants to go for a stimulating walk and start to wander off in a lot of creative ideas, sideways and byways. Very seldom does this make us productive. To split your meetings into shorter time-boxes, or your time when working on a specific task will make you far more effective. When you have to stay focused on a special delivery, the key to get more things done in a shorter time is to divide your time into time-boxes. Just going on and on in a meeting or when working on a delivery is just not effective. Learn from Pomodoro and you will get the job done and still have time to go to the gym or get home to your family earlier.
Pomodoro is a technicque developed by Fransesco Cirillo already in the eighties and have become a loved little tool for managers, agile teams and individuals who want to stay focused and get more done in a shorter time.
Why waste your time, when you can have more fun enjoying life and become more productive at the same time.
The method is very simple and is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility. The idea brings the concepts, timeboxing and iterative development that is used in Scrum and Agile, down to a personal level.
The Pomodoro Technique is named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Fransesco Cirillo used as a university student.
There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
- Decide on the task to be done
- Set the pomodoro timer to 25 minutes (kind of the recommendation)
- Work on the task until the timer rings
- Take a short break (5 minutes) … Get a coffee, check Instagram or talk to Somebody 🙂
- After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
This can be used individually or when working as a team. The technique is optimal when working with a backlog, pulling items and delivering on the items using the Pomodoro technique.
A goal of the technique is to reduce the impact of internal and external interruptions to create undisturbed flow. Naturally Pomodoro works perfect together with the Clean Room Concept as I have written on in my last blog post. And also as we have mentioned earlier, Pomodoro helps you to work with time – not against it. It helps us use our ability to stay very focused for a short time, pause and then re-focus, pause and … A rhythm for productiveness.
Go get yourself a tomato !