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Short Workweek This New Years? Get Everything Done With This Proven Technique!

Short Workweek This New Years? Get more done!

This New Years, maximize your short workweek with a proven technique as simplistic as its namesake, a little red tomato.

The Pomodoro Technique(R) was created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s and gets its name from the Italian word for tomato — Cirillo used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer while developing the technique. Entrepreneurs have been turning to this not-so-new time management system to accomplish tasks both large and small, with amazing results. (The Pomodoro Technique® is a registered trademark by Francesco Cirillo.)

If you curse the hands of the clock as they tick down your precious moments, and claim there is never any time to get things done — this method may be your answer.

If you wear your busy-ness like a badge of honor, chasing off fun activities because you have “too much to do” — this method may help you free yourself.

If you have tried and failed to abide by a to-do list — this method may just change your life.

5 Steps to Maximize Productivity at Work:

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Work smarter by having timed sessions to finish tasks.

In a nutshell, this technique uses a timed work session followed by a short break, which helps you to work smarter and accomplish more in less time. Best of all, it requires no monetary investment, and it’s easy to do.

  1. Choose ONE task to work on.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes.
  3. Work on ONLY that task until the timer buzzes — absolutely NO distractions!
  4. Take a 5-minute break. (This completes one Pomodoro.)
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4 three more times, then take a 15-minute break.

 

In theory, you will have just completed 100 minutes of solid, focused work, but accomplished much more than you usually do. However, it does take some practice to stay focused. When we start to really pay attention, most of us will find that our days are often one disruption after another: unscheduled phone calls, constant texting, email checking, mindless smartphone glancing, Facebook scrolling, and drive-by conversations.

When you take a step back and look at the four main principles of this technique, though, it makes a logical and compelling argument:

  1. Work with time, not against it. When you stop viewing the clock as your enemy, you can start seeing it as your opportunity to whip through your to-do list.
  2. Eliminate burnout. It seems natural to work for an hour or more without taking any sort of break, but our minds and bodies need to rest in order to perform optimally. Short, scheduled breaks provide the opportunity to bounce back.
  3. Manage distractions. Every interruption leads to a loss of focus and takes precious time to get back on track. We unconsciously let these distractions in, despite the fact that most of them can wait.
  4. Create a better work-life balance. Ever feel guilty about enjoying a lunch break or having a relaxing evening if you have not been as productive as you could be? Methodically tackling high-priority tasks and moving through your to-do list will help eliminate that nagging feeling in the back of your mind.

 

To get started, set a manual timer, use your phone’s alarm setting, or download an app such as Simple Pomodoro for Android. Manual timers offers the least chance of a self-inflicted distraction, but if you can resist checking email after you set your smartphone timer or app, go for it!

Of course, meetings, phone calls, answering emails, and the like will still consume a large chunk of your workday; but for all of your independent (and even collaborative) tasks, this technique can nearly double your productivity, according to many avid users. As you feel yourself pulled in many different directions — professionally and socially — this holiday season, why not try maximizing your output at work so you can free yourself up to enjoy family, friends, and festivities?

This blog article is not affiliated with, associated with, or endorsed by the Pomodoro Technique® or Francesco Cirillo.