Pomodoro Technique

Why the Pomodoro Technique Is an Effective Productivity Method

Numerous techniques claim to help us get a boost out of our work time when trying to advance productivity. However, not every technique is effective, and if you have a busy enough schedule and you’re looking for a way to get an edge, you don’t have time to try them all. You need to find effective methods that can mesh well with your own work approach.

The Pomodoro Technique is one such productivity technique that’s gained a lot of momentum. So what makes this approach so effective?

What Is the Pomodoro Technique? 

The Pomodoro Technique works on the concept of establishing set intervals of work time with intermittent breaks. You set a timer for 25 minutes when starting to work, and you work through that time period. When the timer goes off, you stop whatever task you’re working on and take a five- to 10-minute break (setting the timer again keeps you accountable) before going back for another 25-minute work session.

You continue to work until the task is done or you’ve worked for four 25-minute sessions. If you still need to do more work after two hours of work, take an extended break of approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

What Makes the Pomodoro Technique So Effective?

It may seem nonsensical to regularly stop in the middle of a task for breaks, but the results can speak for themselves. Several factors influence why the Pomodoro Technique is an effective approach to time management: 

  • It instills urgency. Have you ever sat down to work, thinking you have plenty of time and the day seems to end before anything gets done? Setting a timer gives you a sense of urgency to make the most of your time.
  • It gives you time to refresh. Numerous studies have suggested that people have the best attention span for work in periods of 20 to 45 minutes, provided we’ve taken a break beforehand. Regular intervals for short breaks allow you to maintain peak focus during your work time.
  • Setting the timer changes gears in your brain. You can use a digital timer during the Pomodoro Technique, but you’ll ideally use one you have to physically turn to set. Both the motion of setting the timer and the sound of it helps your brain recognize it’s time to concentrate. The ticking of the timer can contribute, as well.

Pomodoro can also help prevent the burnt-out feeling of absorbing ourselves in our work because we can’t stare at our computers for hours while we work. Instead, you have regular periods when you can get up and take a mental breather, allowing you to stay energized throughout the day.

Not everyone’s schedules can accommodate the Pomodoro method, but the act of setting a timer can better increase your focus during work times. The Pomodoro Technique is an effective productivity approach for those who can use it within their work environment. While it’s always great to learn about and experience different methods to improve your productivity, it’s also important to consider the sustainability of any change you are trying to make. At MindSpring Metro DC, we help organizations and individuals function at a higher level through experiential-based training and coaching. These longer-term approaches address change on a deeper lever. If you or your organization would like more information on our programs, please let us know.