You sit there, with a boring task in front of you – studying, an essay, filing documents at home. You need to do it, but it is soooo boring. It is the kind of task you can’t delegate and you really need to do today. The dreaded procrastination kicks in – and the washing up becomes so exciting and the task at hand gets delayed!
But there is help! There is a classic simple technique developed by productivity consultant Francesco Cirillo. It is called the pomodoro technique due to a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato (Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato) – but you can use an app, or any kitchen timer, as long as there is a ring or buzz at the end.
This technique involved winding up the timer to 25 minutes and committing that 25 minutes to the task. When the ring or buzz goes off, it is time to take a break!
1. First choose a task. You may not complete it, but you will make a great start and feel better about it!
2. Set the timer to 25 minutes and go! - start working.
3. FOCUS. Focus for the time until the timer goes off. Trust the timer!
4. Take a break –this is important. Try to move your body. Grab a drink or stretch.
5. Repeat. After 4 sessions, take a longer break. Breaks help to eliminate overload and keep your mind fresh.
The pomodoro technique is a really simple technique but one that is very useful and can make a real difference. Why not give it a go and let me know what happens!