Spring is here and it’s a good opportunity to refresh our physical and mental spaces. If you are looking for practical time management to help rein in that spring fever, then the Pomodoro Technique is one that is worth a try.

While the creators relied on a tomato shaped kitchen timer, several platforms now have dedicated software or programs available for use. Their goal was to reduce the effect of internal and external interruptions on focus and flow. After completing each task, you review your work, review what you have learned, and review the list of upcoming tasks to update as appropriate.

The core boils down to six steps:

  1. Select a task
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes
  3. Work on selected task until timer sounds
  4. Take a 5-10-minute break
  5. Repeat this process four times (four Pomodoro’s form a set)
  6. Take a 20–30-minute break

The physical act of setting a timer confirms our determination to start our task, the timer countdown symbolizes our desire to complete said task, and the ringing announces a break. Flow and focus become associated with these stimuli.

This technique can help teams develop strong working routines and reach set goals by encouraging patterns of flow and focus with dedicated time for rest.

Learn more about this tool and how your team can apply it with MOLearning, Use Sprint Timers (2 minutes) or the Pomodoro technique website, https://www.pomodorotechnique.com/.



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