#55 The Pomodoro Technique & Focus
Welcome to the FocusCast on this episode we’re talking about the pomodoro technique. So bro, pomodoro Italian for tomato, what are making sauce now on the focus cast? Not Exactly, today we’ll dig into this task/time management technique and see if it’s worth looking into.
00:00 Intro to the Promodoro Technique
00:35 Intro to Podcast
01:05 Problem: Solopreneurs struggle with focus
04:45 What is the Pomodoro Technique
09:02 How The Pomodoro Technique helps focus
- Mo Fos can’t focus bro, so today we’re talking about the pomodoro technique to see if it’s a task/time management system that may be helpful for the solopreneurs and side hustlers out there. First lets hit a few Stats on our inability to focus.
- (Harvard Business Review): Smartphone and tablet use is spiking, and we now use digital media for an average of over 12 hours per day. This
- hyperconnected state does not allow us to process, recharge, and refocus. We increasingly are overwhelmed with distractions flying at us from various connected devices
- Studies indicate that we spend anywhere from 35%–55% of our time, and sometimes much more, in meetings. (WTF)
- We’ve covered these things before
- Notifications, pointless meetings, cluttered desks, not setting boundaries, constant distractions, poor diet, poor sleep quality.
- Choose your assignment/work to do
- Set the timer to 25 minutes
- Work until the timer rings
- Take a five-minute break
- Take longer breaks (15 to 30 minutes) for every four pomodoro intervals
- (NIH) The idea is to break bigger tasks into smaller ones with uninterrupted focused work, followed by breaks to relax your mind. Regular breaks are important to do efficient work. After you finish each pomodoro, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. You will also gain a blueprint of your productivity.
- It helps to plan how many pomodoro intervals you need in a day to finish your tasks. Complete the required number of intervals and, voila, you have accomplished your work within a preplanned timeframe. Use your break time to take a short walk, check on a family member, call a friend, stretch, meditate, deep breathe, doodle, refill your water bottle or do anything that makes you happy.
- (Forbes) A 25-minute Pomodoro session is long enough to get a little work done but not so long that it feels painful or overwhelming. Unlike trying to work without a break for hours, it’s relatively easy to stack small sessions on top of each other. Four Pomodoro sessions can represent a productive morning. It’s surprising how much you can accomplish in short bursts of focused work
- Talk about your experience with time blocking.
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