Why We Love The Pomodoro Technique

And what's not to love about this classic productivity hack?

Why We Love The Pomodoro Technique

This post is part of our ✨7 Productivity Tips as EOY Gifts ✨ Series.

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The Pomodoro Technique has been one of the most popular productivity hacks in the last couple of years. The principle is straightforward:

1. Choose a task you want to complete, and set a timer for 25 minutes.
2. Work on that task without any distractions until the timer ends.
3. Take a five-minute break. Use this time entirely for what could be distractions: like checking your phone, email, getting some coffee, or going to the bathroom.
4. Repeat.
5. Every four pomodoros (steps 1 to 4), take a longer break. Then, start again.

There are a lot of reasons to love the Pomodoro Technique. Here are a few:

Focus and single-tasking

The Pomodoro Technique has proven to be an effective way to stay focused and productive in the midst of distractions - it can even help people with ADHD. It is a huge ally to prevent you from multitasking. If you don't know about the benefits of single-tasking, check out our post about it.

Break down bigger tasks

It also encourages you to break larger tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks - that will fit into one Pomodoro (we've talked about breaking tasks down in our post about To-Do Lists).

The feeling of achievement

Another great thing about the Pomodoro Technique is the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing each mini-task: seeing the timer run out, knowing that you have achieved something, and then taking a break. This can be a great alternative to waiting for bigger results - like the satisfaction of completing an entire larger project.

Get to know your work rhythm

The more you practice those work/pause rounds, the better you'll know how long it takes you to complete specific tasks, and that will help you to plan better - for example, you'll be able to block focus time in your calendar with a lot more precision.

You can do it as a team - and there's an app for that!

Pomodoro is highly effective when working alone, and surely you can use any timer, even your cellphone.

But if you're on a team working on a big project and you want to have a simultaneous working session, you can try to sync up your timers using Cuckoo!

Cuckoo is a friendly, unpretentious online app that works as a productivity timer for remote teams. As part of its pre-set session options, you can choose "Use The Pomodoro Technique," where you'll find a 25' timer plus a "break time" button. Everyone with access to the session's link will hear the timer go off simultaneously. It's a nice way to feel you and your team are moving forward together.

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