Pomodoro Technique - a Time Management Life Hack

There are never enough hours in the day – tasks pile up and distractions seem endless. Well, one way to improve your focus and boost your productivity is the Pomodoro technique. It is considered to be one of the most popular productivity methods. And is now available with the Luxafor productivity gadget.

What is the Pomodoro technique?

The technique has been around since the early 1990s and was invented by Francesco Cirillo, an entrepreneur and software developer, to help him focus on his studies during university.

He had an idea to use a kitchen timer to track his work and study time. The timer was in the shape of a tomato, hence the name of this method was born. “Pomodoro” means “tomato” in Italian.

The main concept behind the technique is to work in blocks of time, typically 25 minutes long (called Pomodoro sessions), followed by a 5 minute break. When you complete four Pomodoros, it’s time for a longer break of 20 to 30 minutes. The cycle then repeats. 
Each Pomodoro session should demand your full attention on one task, every break requires you to step away from your work to rest.

Why does this technique work?

This technique trains your brain to focus for short periods and helps you stay on top of deadlines or constantly refilling inboxes. With time it can even help improve your attention span and concentration. It aims to provide maximum focus and creative freshness and allows to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue. 

Big projects become less overwhelming. Pomodoro encourages to break down big work into smaller tasks, which can be completed in 25-minute intervals. When you have a million things on your to-do list, it can be a great tool that helps you power through all your tasks.

In the long term, the Pomodoro Technique can help you train your productivity skills. Regularly applying the method it’s possible to master such habits as an improved attention span and focus, consistency in productivity levels, improved follow-through and completion of tasks. The difference in your work or study process can be seen in a couple of days, but true mastery of the technique takes up to twenty days of constant use.

Who should use it?

The technique is great for office workers as they can use the structured format to work through their to-do lists. It can also help managing distractions during the work day. The technique is easy to implement into the typical working day. Chris Winfield claims that it is even possible to fit a 40-hour workweek into 16,7 hours.

It is used widely by students to maintain focus while studying. As students are known for their habit of procrastination, the technique can train the discipline and help stay on top of studies. The Pomodoro technique makes you pick a focus point for each session by setting a goal and working solely on that. This focus helps driving tasks through to completion.

The Pomodoro technique is very popular with freelancers as it helps to ensure they deliver quality on time and at a profit. It encourages you to take a real break from what you are doing and move around. This helps you to remain fresh throughout the day, encouraging creativity and quick thinking. Often writers use the technique to track their progress and to maintain focus.

Pomodoro technique will be well suited for day dreamers and the ones who are easily distracted. It can also benefit people with many small things to do or on the contrary people who have to do a lengthy task as it allows to concentrate on one task at a time and to divide a big project into manageable chunks of work.

How to get started?

Our team at Luxafor has been trying out Pomodoro for quite a time, and here’s what we discovered: after a while, that countdown in your browser can become just a bunch of moving, meaningless numbers. You can sort of become immune to the significance of Pomodoro.

Experience shows that there’s nothing better than a physical reminder of the Pomodoro technique. You can use a simple post-it note reminder or put down a task on your to-do list to complete, for example, six Pomodoros.

Another solution is to actually invest in a Pomodoro Timer that you can set-up and configure just the way you like it. We understand that your workflow might differ from the usual 25-5 minute preset so feel free to change it via our Luxafor software. 

This lightweight gadget really comes in handy, when you want to have a physical reminder that reminds you to give your undivided attention to the task at hand. You can set up custom intervals and custom light patterns for notifications – without any annoying ticking and ringing sounds.

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