Too much work on your mind? Take a break - follow the Pomodoro technique!
Have you ever noticed that when you’re focused on working for a long time, your brain starts to slow down? But after taking a break for a brief moment, your brain feels refreshed and you start to work efficiently again.
The Pomodoro Technique is a strategy that promotes long-lasting concentration and eliminates mental fatigue, which has the following steps:
Pick the work you will be doing
Set a 25-minute timer
Stop after the 25-minute timer
Take short breaks of 5 minutes (For 1 Pomodoro)
Take a 15-30 minute break every 4 Pomodoros
During the resting period, you might want to get up and do a few things, like go to the bathroom, take a coffee break, or rest your eyes. Once your break is over, you will perform the task better.
Here are three small techniques that can help you make the most of the Pomodoro technique:
- Write a to-do list of all the tasks you need to do today. Writing a to-do list not only gives you an overview of all the tasks you need to do, but it also gives you the freedom to choose to work in the order of importance of that task. According to Pareto's Principles, roughly 80% of your results come from 20% of the tasks you do. Then after choosing the task, try to estimate how long it should take.
- Break down complex projects. If a task requires more than four Pomodoros, it needs to be divided into smaller, actionable steps. Sticking to this rule will help ensure you make clear progress on your projects.
- Small tasks go together. Any tasks that will take less than one Pomodoro should be combined with other simple tasks. For example, "write a rent check," "set vet appointment," and "read Pomodoro article" could go together in one session.
You can enforce this technique by setting an alarm every time you start working, or you can use the Enyware app which comes with our product, which sets a timer as soon as you sit down and reminds you to take a break as soon the 25-minute timer is up automatically.
All in all, the Pomodoro technique will help you take control of your own time. It increases your concentration, helps you get your work done, relieves your brain from burning out, and lessens distractions around you to focus on the important thing in front of you. Because everything has been rationalized, improving your performance during work.