Pomodoros are something I use to keep me on task, especially when I’m feeling especially distractable. The Pomodoro Technique is a strategy to improve productivity by doing work in short periods of time, with a few minutes break in between. Here’s how it works. You do work for 25 minutes, then take a break for 5 minutes. It’s a tough thing to get used to at first, but can dramatically improve your focus and how much you can get done in a short amount of time.
Here’s the thing that makes it tough to get used to, but will help immensely once you’ve got the hang of it: you can’t do anything but the task at hand for 25 minutes. No checking email, no checking social media, no online gaming, no responding to texts, no talking about what you’re doing this weekend with your co-workers, or showing off the video you made of your cat playing fetch. You have one job for twenty-five minutes.
So what do you do when the twenty-five minutes is up? Take a break! It’s good for your mind, and helps you do more when it comes down to it, because you’re able to refresh and reset yourself. Pat yourself on the back for getting through your twenty-five minute Pomodoro, and take a five minute break. Do anything your heart desires for that five minutes. Use the bathroom. Get a cup of coffee. Do some jumping jacks, go outside for a quick walk. Then, repeat up to 4 times. If you’ve completed 4 Pomodoros, take a 15 minute break. If you want to keep going with Pomodoros, I suggest taking a 30 minute break after the next two hour interval.
To get ultra-organized, make a list of tasks you can complete within 25 minutes. Cross the items off your list as you go.
When I started using pomodoros, I just picked a good playlist from Spotify on their “Focus” category, and set the timer on my phone for 25 minutes. But of course, there’s an app for that. Now, I use an an app called Tide. If an app’s not your thing, you can always stick to a simple timer. You don’t even need to do it on your phone, grab the egg timer from the kitchen, tell Alexa to set a timer for you, or use the microwave.
If you do a lot of work within Chrome, you can use their extension, Strict Workflow.
Some other Android Pomodoro apps include:
Here are some iOS Pomodoro Apps:
YouTube includes Pomodoros too. Set one in a tab in your browser while you complete work in other tabs on your computer. If you have a smart TV, Roku, or Chromecast, you can also set up the YouTube Pomodoro on your TV as well, while you do tasks around the house. The list below offers a few good Pomodoro videos I found:
I hope you get a lot done today! 😉 I’ll be back on Thursday with Part 2 to my WKWebView post from last Thursday. I had a few kinks in my solution I want to iron out before sending it your way.